Anti-ISIS influence ops drill reveals parts of U.S. deception strategy

It's typically not every day that Americans hear about "influence operations," though recent history has been an exception to that rule as news outlets and government officials have aggressively hyped the alleged threat of Russian covert ops aimed at swaying the U.S. election, or at least at causing chaos leading up to it. Indeed, much … Continue reading Anti-ISIS influence ops drill reveals parts of U.S. deception strategy

Impersonation of journalists added to FBI’s trolling tool kit

The Federal Bureau of Investigation can, in certain circumstances, impersonate journalists in the course of undercover work, according to a report released this month by the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General. While somewhat controversial, the finding is not unexpected, coming at a time of increasing use of fake Internet personas by government authorities … Continue reading Impersonation of journalists added to FBI’s trolling tool kit

The hypocrisy of ISIS railing against the West

  In the wake of the killing of more than 80 people in Nice, France, by a disturbed man driving a truck, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have said the U.S. is at "war" with the Islamic State extremist group, while IS (a.k.a. ISIS, ISIL or Daesh) itself has claimed responsibility for the attack. … Continue reading The hypocrisy of ISIS railing against the West

Anti-Terror Algorithms Raise Ethics, Effectiveness Questions

With a renewed focus on countering ISIS following the Orlando massacre, new tactics are being suggested for defeating the terror network and those it inspires. Among the suggestions are technologies to allegedly predict terrorist attacks and to automatically censor social media, although neither method is fully developed. The idea of predicting terrorist attacks using an … Continue reading Anti-Terror Algorithms Raise Ethics, Effectiveness Questions