As Washington investigates alleged Russian hacking of U.S. political systems, Russian propagandists are also at work across a wide front aiming a firehose of falsehoods at ill-informed audiences, foreign and domestic. A recent RAND study reveals how this disinformation – intentionally false – leverages psychological vulnerabilities to sway audiences. U.S. leaders should raise public consciousness about its nature and dangers.

William Courtney and Christopher Paul write for 

Published on 9 Sep 2016

More than ever before, Australia is wedged between its economic dependence on China and its security alliance with the US. How the Chinese-language media in Australia figures in this fraught relationship is no longer just an academic question. 

Published on 8 Sep 2016

1 677 media content and social media accounts in 6 languages containing terrorist and violent extremist propaganda have been processed for the purpose of referral. The content was hosted by 35 social media and online service providers. 

Europol reports on the action. 

Published on 5 Sep 2016

The Russian government uses disinformation, incitement to violence and hate speech to destroy trust, sap morale, degrade the information space, erode public discourse and increase partisanship. Our ability to respond is constrained by the mainstream media’s loss of reach and impact. Its myth-busting and fact-checking reaches only a limited audience—and probably not the one the Kremlin is targeting. The response involves a contradiction: our approach must be tailored to di erent audiences, yet must also seek to build trust between polarized groups. 

Published on 5 Aug 2016

We have to remember what the absolute operational imperative and essence of modern terrorists and terrorist organisations are – as the counterterrorism expert Brian Jenkins identified in 1975, it is “a lot of people watching, not a lot of people dead.”

Published on 1 Aug 2016

On 4 July 2016, the UK's broadcasting regulator, Ofcom, found Russian state TV channel RT guilty of violating Article 5.5 of the broadcasting code, which states that broadcasters must maintain "due impartiality" in their coverage of major political and economic issues. 

Published on 4 Jul 2016