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Armed Conflict

How both anti-Western and anti-Russian spin are used to (re)define ongoing armed conflicts on both sides

Foreign Proxies

Pro-Russian and pro-Western forces play out an ideological battle for influence across the globe

Information War

The escalation of digital age propaganda into an all-out war on truth

Traditional Values

Moscow has turned family values into a major soft power and foreign policy tool

Rewriting History

How The Kremlin Is Airbrushing Russia’s Past

News Briefs
21 May, 2019
Protests in Yekaterinburg spark a wave of fake news online

An intensive disinformation war on social media erupted in the aftermath of street protests against the building of a new church in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Hundreds of people protested the construction of the new church in green space in the center of the bustling city, part of a wave of demonstrations over the past several years

16 May, 2019
In the fight against fake news, Italy is losing – badly

As the European Union elections draw nearer, new breeding grounds for disinformation are forming, especially in Italy. Facebook announced Sunday it had taken down 23 Italian Facebook pages with a combined reach of 2.46 million followers known to be disseminating fake messages. Many were run by automated accounts and were determined to be spreading “false

Russia bans website critical of Putin

Launched in 2015 by Artem Kruglov, “Putinism as it is” was a blog dedicated to unmasking what the Putin government actually represented, instead of what the Kremlin propaganda machine described it. It became a place for critics of Moscow to read allegations of the president’s connections with criminals and illegal activities. Until this week. When curious

8 May, 2019
Russian celebration of Victory Day includes commemorating secret police

Russians around the world will likely pause on May 9 and perhaps raise a glass in memory of the nation’s great victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. In Rostov, in southern Russia, police officers have organized an additional way to celebrate the Great Patriotic War: a photoshoot where participants dress up as Soviet

3 May, 2019
Russia moves closer to cutting citizens from the global Internet

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law measures intended to cut Russia from the World Wide Web, something that government officials say it’s good for national security but that critics say increases censorship. Russia has, in the past, enforced crackdowns on online use and content, such as prohibiting the use of VPNs, and banning

25 April, 2019
YouTube targets fake news before EU election

YouTube is taking action against fake and misleading news videos in efforts to help voters find reliable facts ahead of the European Elections in May. The video-sharing site’s parent company Google will launch publisher transparency labels for viewers in the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain and Poland, among other countries, the company said in a

21 April, 2019
Ukraine elections marred by disinformation wars

Ukraine has long been occupied territory for Russia’s disinformation war machine. Ahead of the weekend presidential elections, which has been riddled with fake news and cyber attacks, the country went on alert bracing for more destabilizing efforts to upend the vote. Ahead of Sunday, incumbent leader President Petro Poroshenko barred Russian social networks, the search

18 April, 2019
Islamophobic fake news explodes after Notre Dame

The fire started high in Notre Dame’s roof at 6:43pm Paris time. The blaze quickly ripped through the cathedral’s roof, toppling its spire. And almost as quickly, conspiracies, whispers and lies began spreading across the internet, filled with Islamophobic hate. French prosecutors who are investigating the fire said they don’t believe the blaze was a

12 April, 2019
Russia ‘sovereign’ Internet law passes 2nd vote

Russia is one step closer to cutting the nation from the global Internet with parliament passing the second vote for the “sovereign internet” bill, keeping it on track to become a law in November this year. The bill aims to create an autonomous, “segmented” Russian internet, which lawmakers say will protect Russia from being “cut

11 April, 2019
Hungary’s latest news site spreads pro-Orban messages in English

In Hungary’s smoke-and-mirrors world of press freedom, a mysterious new player has emerged. A London-based Hungarian news site called V4NA launched Monday with an editorial line that matches many of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s favorite disinformation narratives. Scroll down the homepage and the reader is met by headlines such as “Migrant kills wife after

9 April, 2019
France ‘fake-news law’ courts censorship controversy

With the ink not yet dry, France’s anti-fake news law is already embroiled in controversy — underscoring the global debate about who should judge what is harmful online behavior. Last week, Twitter blocked a French government voter registration account in compliance with the new law that forces social media advertising and political campaigns to reveal

5 April, 2019
New Slovak President represents rare victory against disinformation

Political newcomer Zuzana Caputova has swept Slovakia’s presidential election on the back of a campaign focused on reversing a bill intended to limit press freedom, beating a candidate backed by the country’s governing party. Caputova’s win is a rare good news story for progressive movements in Europe. Her campaign overcame a wide-ranging disinformation campaign by

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