Publications

The Most Damaging Election Disinformation Campaign Came From Donald Trump, Not Russia

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
November 19, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

On November 4, 2016, the hacker “Guccifer 2.0,” a front for Russia’s military intelligence service, claimed in a blogpost that the Democrats were likely to use vulnerabilities to hack the presidential elections. On November 9, 2018, President Donald Trump started tweeting about the senatorial elections in Florida and Arizona.

Supplemental Comments to Australian Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) on the Assistance & Access Bill 2018

Author(s): 
Riana Pfefferkorn
Publication Date: 
November 13, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Supplemental comments submitted to Australia's Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) on the revised draft (20 September 2018 version) of the Telecommunication & Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance & Access) Bill 2018, in advance of testimony during the PJCIS's 16 November 2018 hearing on the Bill.

Information Attacks on Democracies

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
November 15, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Democracy is an information system.

That's the starting place of our new paper: “Common-Knowledge Attacks on Democracy.” In it, we look at democracy through the lens of information security, trying to understand the current waves of Internet disinformation attacks. Specifically, we wanted to explain why the same disinformation campaigns that act as a stabilizing influence in Russia are destabilizing in the United States.

The Carpenter Chronicle: A Near-Perfect Surveillance

Author(s): 
Stephen Wm. Smith
Publication Date: 
November 9, 2018
Publication Type: 
Academic Writing

On May 24, 1844, a crowd gathered inside the United States Supreme Court chambers in the basement of the Capitol, eagerly awaiting a demonstration of an amazing new communication technology. They watched as inventor Samuel F.B. Morse successfully sent the first long-distance telegraph message — “What hath God wrought?” — to a railroad station near Baltimore. While earlier demonstrations of the device had successfully sent messages between the House and Senate chambers, long-distance transmission was still an open question.

Threats remain to US voting system – and voters’ perceptions of reality

Author(s): 
Richard Forno
Publication Date: 
November 6, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

As the 2018 midterms proceed, there are still significant risks to the integrity of the voting system – and information warfare continues to try to influence the American public’s choices when they cast their ballots.

Hypocrisy is a useful tool in foreign affairs. Trump is too crude to play the game.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
November 5, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the Trump administration’s response to it expose — among other things — the decay of one of America’s most crucial foreign policy assets: its ability to act hypocritically and get away with it.

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