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Protesters check their phones as they take part in a protest inside the Yuen Long MTR station. Hong Kong, China. August 21, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Cyber Week in Review: August 23, 2019

Twitter and Facebook Curb State-Led Disinformation on the Hong Kong Protests: Twitter and Facebook moved to curb state-led disinformation campaigns this week as they announced the identification and removal of hundreds of accounts “deliberately and specifically attempting to sow political discord in Hong Kong.”  The platforms removed posts comparing protesters to ISIS and suggesting foreign actors were Read More

August 20, 2019

Democratic Republic of Congo
Disinformation and Disease: Social Media and the Ebola Epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The proliferation of disinformation online amidst the DRC’s outbreak of the Ebola virus is a serious threat to global health. Efforts to curb bad information and conspiracy theories on social media about the disease and other health issues have been no more successful in health than in other contexts.

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August 16, 2019

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: August 16, 2019

Audio snippets subject to human review; Huawei employees help African governments’ spying; major vulnerabilities revealed in U.S. fighter jets; China’s central bank close to releasing digital currency; and a new ransomware used to attack companies.

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August 13, 2019

Cybersecurity
The Cyber Crisis of Anglo-American Democracy

The integration of the internet and cyberspace into democratic politics has contributed to a crisis in Anglo-American democracy, with an intensely polarized population, constantly distracted political debate, a deliberately misinformed body politic, and dysfunctional political institutions. The United States and UK have few options to prevent cyber-facilitated disruption.    

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