Not the Droids You're Looking For: Bots and the Weaponization of Star Wars
October 11, 2018
By Dean Jackson
It is a period of authoritarian resurgence. Russian agents, striking from a hidden base (or perhaps an unremarkable office building outside of St. Petersburg), are waging a campaign to subvert and divide democratic societies.
New evidence suggests that their efforts may have reached ...
Responding to Authoritarian Interference: Leveraging the Democratic Toolkit
October 9, 2018
By Laura Rosenberger
There is little debate today that authoritarian powers are using asymmetric tools to weaken democratic institutions in other countries. Extensive work has documented and exposed Russia’s efforts to interfere in and undermine democracies across the trans-Atlantic space, and the C ...
Authoritarian Anticorruption Campaigns: A Tool to Consolidate Power
September 25, 2018
By Clay R. Fuller
Shakedowns at the Saudi Ritz. The creation of powerful anticorruption bodies in China. High-profile assassinations and arrests of activists amidst sweeping “anticorruption” reforms in Russia. False promises to clean up state-owned enterprises in Venezuela. In isolation, these may s ...
Cybersecurity for Political Campaigns in the Digital Age
September 20, 2018
By Amy Studdart
In the weeks leading up to the Swedish general election on September 9, Sweden’s Social Democrat’s website was repeatedly flooded with fake traffic, causing it to slow down and ultimately crash for several hours. The majority of the traffic originated in Russia and North ...