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8 Ways to Stay Ahead of Influence Operations

| Aug. 12, 2019

With election meddling inevitable in 2020, the United States needs a powerful kill chain.

Influence operations are elusive to define. The Rand Corp.'s definition is as good as any: "the collection of tactical information about an adversary as well as the dissemination of propaganda in pursuit of a competitive advantage over an opponent." Basically, we know it when we see it, from bots controlled by the Russian Internet Research Agency to Saudi attempts to plant fake stories and manipulate political debate. These operations have been run by Iran against the United States, Russia against Ukraine, China against Taiwan, and probably lots more besides.

Since the 2016 U.S. presidential election, there have been an endless series of ideas about how countries can defend themselves. It's time to pull those together into a comprehensive approach to defending the public sphere and the institutions of democracy....

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For Academic Citation: Schneier, Bruce.“8 Ways to Stay Ahead of Influence Operations.” Foreign Policy, August 12, 2019.

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