Disinformation and Democracy: Fighting for Facts

This video is from the National Democratic Institute, founded in 1983 to promote Democracy and Human Rights.

With Russia using information as a weapon, the people of democratic nations need to learn how to protect themselves.

“The weaponization of social media is a global challenge, both during and between elections. Emerging democracies have often been used to “weapons test” new approaches to computational propaganda and disinformation, and the work being done to counter it is critical to the future of democracy. NDI is proud to recognize these three organizations that have demonstrated a deep and abiding commitment to democracy and human rights through their efforts to combat this global threat of disinformation.”

National Democratic Institute

 

An  info graphic found on twitter that illustrates strategies for verifying the truthfulness of a news story
Is it true?

FBI Tracking Russian Bots On Day Of US Elections

Gronda Morin

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Long before the FBI, CIA, DNI and NSA figured out that Russia was bombarding social media with an avalanche of disinformation, fake news and bots, a fellow blogger, Rob Goldstein of Art by Rob Goldstein.com had been sounding the alarms about this issue for several months in advance of the US presidential election day. And others including myself picked up on the mantle.

Tidbit: In months July/ August 2017 watch groups have noted a 5300% increase in Russian bots/ trolls demanding the firing of the NSA secretary, General H.R. McMaster.

Image result for photos of fbi dni fbi nsa talking w president obamaHere’s the rest of the story…

On August 4, 2017, Shimon Prokupezc, Pamela Brown and Evan Perez of CNN penned the following report, “Exclusive: FBI tracked ‘fake news’ believed to be from Russia on Election Day.”

Excerpts:

“The FBI monitored social media on Election Day last year in an effort to track a suspected Russian disinformation campaign utilizing “fake…

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Comey May Have Based A Lot Of His Actions In The Clinton Email Case On A Fake New’s Memo

It’s important to know that some of the documents used against Clinton were frauds. From what I’ve read the use of fraudulent documents is standard in Russian propaganda campaigns.

Gronda Morin

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My thoughts as to the competency of the FBI Director James Comey have vacillated back and forth from being very unfavorable to favorable.

I had been very critical of the FBI director when he stepped out of the bounds of the FBI’s own long established standards and regulations as he publicly commented in July 2016 about the closed Hillary Clinton email scandal case while she was secretary of state (2009-2013). This narrative on a closed case without an indictment is supposed to be verboten as per FBI rules.

Image result for PHOTOS OF MR COMEY AND HILLARY CLINTONAnd then my ire was really raised when he wrote the October 28, 2016 October surprise letter indicating that newly discovered Hillary Clinton emails were being reviewed within days of the 2016 presidential election date. This was done without his FBI office even taking a peek at these emails and with just a couple days left, he announced that the emails…

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I’m Not Inclined To Resign To Maturity

from yadadarcyyada

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https://yadadarcyyada.com/2017/01/06/im-not-inclined-to-resign-to-maturity/How do I stay positive in a negative world? I’m positive I’ve had brushes with cynicism, brief flings with pessimism, but lately I’ve been feeling less, I don’t know, less confident in the positive aspects of life. In days past, I thought being positive and honest was doing the right thing.
https://yadadarcyyada.com/2017/01/06/im-not-inclined-to-resign-to-maturity/I somehow believed being positive and honest would help me have a ‘good life’, it would make me ‘happy’, maybe even help others have a ‘good life’, but society keeps screaming at me that I’ve got it all wrong. And the screams are getting louder every day.
Dishonest people get what they want.
Greedy people get what they want.
Narcissistic people get what they want.
At least it seems that way.

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2017/01/06/im-not-inclined-to-resign-to-maturity/

Maybe I’m over thinking this, being too adult, too mature, maybe Steve Franks got it right in the Psych (best TV series ever or pretty close) theme song,

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