One of the many remarkable things about 2017 is that American journalists no longer have the Irish Republican Army in mind when writing “IRA,” which is now used most often to mean Russia’s Internet Research Agency — the “troll factory” responsible for buying ads on social media and polluting American online news discussion in an apparent effort to destabilize U.S. democracy. On October 15, the Russian independent news network Dozhd published the latest development in this ongoing story: an interview with a man who allegedly worked for the IRA from 2014-2015. Meduza summarizes that interview here.
Artificial intelligence researchers want to teach computers to make moral choices based on millions of human survey responses.
Source: What would the average human do?
Reportedly forced to watch popular Netflix show to learn about U.S. politics
Michael Weiss argues that Putin’s influence operation on the US electorate, modeled after Soviet false flag operations, required a willing audience in America
A Times examination of Russian-linked Facebook pages used in the 2016 election found that much of the content was taken directly from videos and posts from Americans.
Traditional warfare has long used information and technology to gain a competitive advantage over opponents. The shift is that more of these activities are now occurring in a place visible to the public –– online –– and is now being directed at civilians.
Source: A Perpetual Conflict of Ideas?
(And why we need it back.)