Science & Tech

Can AI Detect Disinformation? A New Special Operations Program May Find Out

Air Force, U.S. Special Operations Command fund year-long effort to train a neural net to rank credibility and sort news from misinformation.

Ideas

Three Ways to Clean Up the Toxic Minefields of Social Media

Safeguarding the social media ecosystem from hate speech and disinformation is all about tracking data and empowering users.

Science & Tech

Analysis: How Trump’s TikTok Deal Helps China

The deal doesn’t really address data or privacy concerns. It does help regimes attack U.S. companies.

Ideas

How Putin Got Into America’s Mind

He learned the art of destabilizing his opponents from the Stasi, East Germany’s secret police.

Ideas

The Week QAnon Became Everyone’s Problem

The conspiracy theory-based movement poses a different type of terrorist threat.

Ideas

The Most American COVID-19 Failure Yet

Contact tracing works almost everywhere else. Why not here?

Ideas

Where the Pandemic Is Cover for Authoritarianism

In Hong Kong and around the world, public-health concerns are being used to excuse extraordinary overreach.

Threats

Stone Knew About Wikileaks; Manafort Dished to Russian Intel, Senate Finds

After the Senate Intelligence Committee’s fifth and final report, Democrats still say collusion. Republicans still say no.

Ideas

For Whom the Tok Tiks

TikTok could persist in many ways in America. None is good.

Policy

Defense Personnel to Get Crash Course in OpSec

But various problems have observers wondering whether it's a waste of time.

Science & Tech

Russian Disinformation Networks Detailed in New State Department Report

Several English-language websites working together to push Kremlin talking points during the COVID outbreak caught the eye of U.S trackers.

Ideas

Ep. 73: Monuments, terrorism and the American white power movement

'Each time the white supremacist movement has surged in the U.S., that surge has been mirrored by a similar increase within the armed forces.'

Ideas

What America Will Lose if the Voice of America Sounds Like Trump

The recent purge at U.S.-funded broadcasters suggests a key foreign-policy tool is about to lose its value.

Ideas

How the Kremlin Targets Lies, and Truths, about Russia’s COVID Response

Chief prosecutor sheds light on Moscow’s recent efforts to control the messages that Russians receive about the coronavirus pandemic.

Threats

China Escalates the Pandemic Propaganda War

As its global image takes a big hit, China is using an arsenal of spin, obfuscation, hyperbole, and outright disinformation to win back its reputation.

Threats

China Is Spreading Coronavirus Disinformation, CISA Warns

The agency also cautioned against dangerous suggestions—such as ingesting bleach—as cures for the disease.

Ideas

Putin Takes Another Step in Bid to Control Russia’s Internet

One center of resistance to the Kremlin’s attempt to bring the country’s internet access under central control is being brought to heel.