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(South Korea) South Korea and disinformation

Heidi Tworek and Yoojung Lee writes for Brookings: Baseless rumors about new technologies spreading cancerous radiation. Politicians condemning negative stories as “false” or “defamatory.” Deepening polarization amid constant online manipulation. These might sound like recent episodes in U.S. public life. But they in fact come from South Korea, where rumormongering and manipulation of public opinion have become key features of its politics.

read more: Lessons from South Korea’s approach to tackling disinformation (brookings.edu)

Men wearing masks to avoid contracting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) walk on a zebra crossing in Seoul, South Korea, July 5, 2021.    REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

Men wearing masks to avoid contracting COVID-19 cross a street in Seoul, South Korea onJuly 5, 2021. (REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji)

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Language Models/Disinformation – Truth, Lies, and Automation. How Language Models Could Change Disinformation (Ben Buchanan (On leave), Andrew Lohn, Micah Musser, Katerina Sedova, CSET)

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Growing popular and industry interest in high-performing natural language generation models has led to concerns that such models could be used to generate automated disinformation at scale. This report examines the capabilities of GPT-3–a cutting-edge AI system that writes text–to analyze its potential misuse for disinformation. A model like GPT-3 may be able to help disinformation actors substantially reduce the work necessary to write disinformation while expanding its reach and potentially also its effectiveness.

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Global – Deepfakes, Disinformation, and Democracy (ITIF)

The media has long played an important role in a healthy democracy, providing citizens with access to accurate news and information that allows them to effectively participate in democratic processes. However, the growing threat from deepfakes and disinformation, from both foreign and domestic sources, threatens to overwhelm the ability of individuals to discern fact from fiction, create new divides in society, and allow conspiracies, lies, and hoaxes to fester online.

Deepfakes, Disinformation, and Democracy | ITIF

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(Disinformation/Misinformation) Free societies face long-term game of ‘cat-and-mouse’ in containing the spread of misinformation, disinformation (McCain Institute)

Free societies face long-term game of ‘cat-and-mouse’ in containing the spread of misinformation, disinformation

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(Misinformation/Disinformation) We need to inoculate military servicemembers against information threats: the case for digital literacy training (War on The Rocks)

P. W. Singer is a strategist and senior fellow at New America and the author of multiple booksincluding Wired for War, Ghost Fleet, Burn-Inand LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media.

Lt. Col. Eric B. JohnsonU.S. Army, is the Chief of Staff of the Army’s Senior Fellow with New America.

We Need To Inoculate Military Servicemembers Against Information Threats: The Case For Digital Literacy Training

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(Taiwan/Democracy/Disinformation) Protecting Democracy in an Age of Disinformation: Lessons from Taiwan (Jude Blanchette, Bonnie S. Glaser, Scott Kennedy, Scott Livingston, CSIS)

Taiwan has long defended itself from political meddling, including disinformation, by the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Attempts to influence Taiwan’s domestic politics have increased in both intensity and severity following the election of Tsai Ing-wen in 2016, with Beijing continuing to target the basic underpinnings of Taiwan’s democratic system. The disinformation campaigns carried out by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) are often obscured by the secrecy and opacity of the CCP’s “united front” approach, which makes it difficult to accurately diagnose and right-size the problem of disinformation, complicating efforts to craft effective solutions.  While CCP disinformation campaigns pose a clearly identifiable threat to the United States and Taiwan, they are only one part of a larger disinformation problem facing democracies in this era of instant and omnipresent communication technologies. Indeed, the experience of both Taiwan and the United States suggest that rival political parties are incentivized to exaggerate and weaponize charges of “foreign interference” against each other—charges which often are more damaging to underlying trust levels in a democracy than the original foreign disinformation attacks themselves.

https://www.csis.org/analysis/protecting-democracy-age-disinformation-lessons-taiwan

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DEMOCRACY/DISINFORMATION – Democratic offense against disinformation (Atlantic Council)

Democratic offense against disinformation

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DEMOCRACIES/DISINFORMATION – Podcast: How democracies can go on offense against disinformation (Quinta Jurecic, Alina Polyakova, and Daniel Fried, Brookings)

Podcast: How democracies can go on offense against disinformation

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DATA PRIVACY/DISINFORMATION – Why Data Privacy Is Crucial to Fighting Disinformation (Patrick Tucker, Nextgov)

The data we give tech companies when we buy online or like a tweet will soon fuel disinformation campaigns intended to divide Americans or even provoke destructive behavior — and data-privacy legislation isn’t keeping up with the threat, intelligence community veterans, disinformation scholars, and academics warn.

https://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2020/12/why-data-privacy-crucial-fighting-disinformation/170471/