Russian trolls expose misinformation operations

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.

Information Warfare: Defining and analysing/History as a means to win the information battle

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)

Narrative Strategies – the weaponization of information

Thank you for the encouraging messages I continue to receive regarding the content of this website.  I would like to take this opportunity to answer a regular question regarding my academic activities with Narrative Strategies.

 I am still a member of the Washington DC based think tank and consultancy Narrative Strategies and continue to work with subject matter experts from various disciplines researching and identifying new developments in the field of information warfare which is being  conducted by state and non-state players.  

This is my personal blog and has no connection with Narrative Strategies but further information regarding the  ongoing research in this field of non-kinetic warfare including the weaponization of information can be found by visiting the link below.

Again, thank you for your positive comments

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Alan