Academic Writing

Russia's Election Interference Is Digital Marketing 101

Author(s): 
Ben Scott
Publication Date: 
February 19, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Last Friday, the Justice Department charged 13 Russians with attempting to subvert the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. The case presented by Special Counsel Robert Mueller laid out an elaborate scheme of information operations, carried out primarily via the social media websites Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Through the Internet Research Agency, a so-called “troll factory” in St.

The surprise Mueller indictment tells us how we’ve been wrong about Russian trolls

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
February 16, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The Mueller investigation has just indicted 13 Russian nationals, and three Russian organizations, including the notorious St. Petersburg troll factory, the Internet Research Agency, for their roles in the 2016 U.S. election. This indictment has come as a complete surprise. It provides a wealth of new information about how Russian trolling operations work and what they tried to accomplish. This information contradicts many popular beliefs about Russian social media operations.

Introducing Just Security’s Symposium on United States v. Microsoft

Author(s): 
Kristen E. Eichensehr
Publication Date: 
February 15, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Just Security is pleased to announce the launch of an online symposium on United States v. Microsoft, which will be argued at the U.S. Supreme Court on February 27. The question in the case is whether Section 2703 of the Stored Communications Act (SCA) allows a court to order a U.S. provider of email services to disclose electronic communications stored outside the United States.

Our Hackable Political Future

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
February 4, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Imagine it is the spring of 2019. A bottom-feeding website, perhaps tied to Russia, “surfaces” video of a sex scene starring an 18-year-old Kirsten Gillibrand. It is soon debunked as a fake, the product of a user-friendly video application that employs generative adversarial network technology to convincingly swap out one face for another.

Trump is a typical conservative. That says a lot about the conservative tradition.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
February 1, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Corey Robin is the author of “The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Donald Trump.” The New Yorker described the first edition of this book as “the book that predicted Trump.” The newly issued second edition looks to put President Trump in the context of the conservative movement and explain him. I interviewed Robin about the book.

Comments to Article 29 Working Party on Transparency Under the GDPR

Author(s): 
Daphne Keller
Publication Date: 
January 23, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

These comments address the issue of transparency under the GDPR, as that topic arises in the context of Internet intermediaries and the “Right to Be Forgotten.” CIS Intermediary Liability Director Daphne Keller filed them in response to a public call for comments from the Article 29 Working Party – the EU-wide umbrella group of data protection regulators established under the 1995 Directive, soon to be succeeded by the European Data Protection Board established under the GDPR.

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