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Interference2020

Tue, Sep 29, 2020

Making sense of foreign interference claims on the eve of the 2020 US election

The DFRLab launches an interactive, open-source database that captures allegations of foreign interference relevant to the 2020 election. It assesses the credibility, objectivity, evidence, transparency, and impact of each claim.

Elections 2020 by Digital Forensic Research Lab

Disinformation Elections

Tue, Sep 22, 2020

Five big questions as America votes: Disinformation

Whether the mis- or disinformation is foreign or domestic in origin, an information environment rife with confusing, polarizing, and often false narratives can only serve to further divide an already tense nation.

Elections 2020 by DFRLab

China Disinformation
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Tue, Feb 11, 2020

Iranian digital influence efforts: Guerrilla broadcasting for the twenty-first century

This brief begins with a discussion of the modern Iranian state’s approach to information and information control. It proceeds to a history of the Iranian Internet. Next, it examines the evolution of Iranian digital influence operations, followed by a discussion of the broader information conflict in which they take place. The brief concludes by considering the future nature and intent of Iran’s clandestine digital activities.

Report by Emerson T. Brooking, Suzanne Kianpour

Conflict Disinformation

Emerson T. Brooking is a resident fellow at the Digital Forensic Research Lab of the Atlantic Council and coauthor of LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media. Most recently, he was research fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations—the youngest researcher in a generation to receive such an appointment. Brooking has spoken regularly on the topic of information warfare and political manipulation, advising multiple U.S. technology companies and national security entities. He has appeared widely in broadcast media, including NPR’s “Fresh Air,” and his work has been published in Foreign Affairs, WIRED, and Rolling Stone, among others. Brooking was recently named to the Forbes “30 Under 30.” He holds a BA in Political Science and Classical Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.