Vice News 11 July 2019
North Korea is one of the poorest countries in the world but its leader Kim Jong Un has still found the money he needs to finance a nuclear weapons program, despite the country’s fundamental poverty and international economic sanctions.
This documentary looks at how and introduces the men who have helped Kim Jong Un keep his dreams of reaching nuclear power status alive.
Every year Pyongyang sends millions of North Korean workers abroad, selling their services to over 40 countries around the world.
Former employees of a Russian ‘troll factory’ are speaking out about the political misinformation operations .
An interview with a Russian ex-troll
Ex-Russian troll reveals the goal to set Americans against their own government.
Inside Kremlin Propaganda Machine: Russian blogger exposes Russia’s Internet troll factory.
This non-descript office building in Moscow is where the Kremlin houses its army of thousands of internet trolls. They have become infamous over the last year; spamming the World Wide Web with lies, misinformation and propaganda. But this part of the Kremlin’s hybrid warfare aginast Ukraine and the West at large has been exposed by a Russian journalist. Lyudmila Savchuk calls it a troll factory and says she had spent two months there as an employee documenting the process of creating a wave of pro-Kremlin propaganda. “They get work specifications.
There are several main topics including Ukraine, USA and the EU – in general all main topics which are on the agenda – and also Russian opposition. Main opposition figures are regularly insulted and discredited on the Internet.” According to Savchuk, she and her fellow colleagues worked under tight control and signed a non-disclosure agreement. She also says the comments were made not only in Russian but in several other languages across different platforms.
February 26th, 2019 – Art History Auditorium, University of Dallas
This talk on Russian and Chinese Information Warfare against the United States
draws from John Lenczowski’s expertise on Soviet affairs and the non-military arts of statecraft to discuss the modern-day challenges presented to us by the world’s other superpowers.
In this talk, he addresses Russian interference in our political system and the Chinese Communist Party’s propaganda, covert influence operations, and influence over American academia, think tanks, businesses, elections, Congressional representatives, and even Hollywood.
John Lenczowski is founder and president of The Institute of World Politics. From 1981 to 1983, Dr. Lenczowski served in the State Department in the Bureau of European Affairs and as Special Advisor and from 1983 to 1987, he was Director of European and Soviet Affairs at the National Security Council. In that capacity. He has been associated with several academic and research institutions in the Washington area, including Georgetown University, the University of Maryland, and the American Enterprise
Institute. Dr. Lenczowski attended the Thacher School, earned his B.A. at the University of California, Berkeley, and received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced
Information Warfare Defining and Analysing – CyCon 2019
The 11th International Conference on Cyber Conflict (CyCon 2019) organized by NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) in Tallinn revolved around the theme of Silent Battle. The defence community is nearing a stage where it can precisely define information warfare but is yet to reach a consensus on how best to analyse it.
The panel entitled ´Information Warfare: defining and analyzing´ will assess some of the emerging methodologies that researchers have been using to identify and analyse digital information operations, with a special focus on the applicability of Social Network Analysis (SNA) in the cyber arena. Speakers and Topics: – Social Network Analysis and the Disinformation Kill Chain by Renee DiResta, Mozilla Fellow, Media Misinformation and Trust – Challenges and Opportunities to Counter Information Operations Through Social Network Analysis and Theory by Alicia Marie Bargar, Research Engineer, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory – Hostile Information Environment Analysis by MAJ Geoff Nicholls, Officer, The British Army Moderator: Donara Barojan, DFR Lab / NATO StratCom COE The NATO CCDCOE is a NATO-accredited cyber defence hub focusing on research, training and exercises.
The international military organisation based in Estonia is a community of currently 25 nations providing a 360-degree look at cyber defence, with expertise in the areas of technology, strategy, operations and law. **Note that some CyCon 2019 presentations were submitted and created in a personal capacity and are not necessarily affiliated with, nor representative of, the views of the speakers’ respective organisations**
Understanding History as means to win Information Warfare Battle: Aleksandras Matonis at TEDxVilnius
Aleksandras Matonis is diplomat, journalist and editor at Lithuanian National Radio and Television.
Aleksandras believes that country’s history – the way it is perceived by different nations – is a strong tool for creating national identity. Aleksandras is creator of recently released educational movie about the Battle of Grunwald – movie based on Swedish professor Sven Ekdahl theory which he wrote after studying secret historic archives for the past few decades.
He claims that the facts we are used to hear about this battle are not the ones that are scientifically proved. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
Reviews Various Measures, Including Disinformation, Bribery, Forgery, and Overall Dirty Tricks Employed Abroad by The Soviet Union to Further Its aims. Includes Interviews with Newsweek’s Former Chief Correspondent Arnaud De Borchgrave, State Department Official Dennis Kux, French Journalist/author Jean Francois Revel, Former Soviet Kgb Officer Stanislav Levchenko, and Former Czechoslovak Intelligence Officer Ladislav Bittman (the latter two are defectors who had direct personal experience of Active Measures). Documents Communist actions and intentions. National Archives and Records Administration – Arc Identifier 54826 / Local Identifier 306.9798 – Soviet Active Measures – U.S. Information Agency. (1982 – 10/01/1999).
CSIS explores Russian, Chinese, and other countries’ use of disinformation, election meddling, and social media accounts to spread propaganda and sow division through gray zone tactics.
Gray Zone Tools: Economic Coercion CSIS explores Chinese, Russia, and other countries’ use of economic power to coerce others into positions of disadvantage. Gray zone techniques discussed include cyber espionage, forced technology transfers, and debt-dependency.