Bret Schafer

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Bret Schafer is the Alliance for Securing Democracy’s Media and Digital Disinformation Fellow. As an expert in computational propaganda, he has appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times, and he has regularly been interviewed on NPR, PBS, CNN, and CBS and BBC radio. Prior to joining GMF, he spent more than ten years in the television and film industry, including stints at Cartoon Network and as a freelance writer for Warner Brothers. He also worked in Budapest as a radio host, in Berlin as a semi-professional baseball player in Germany’s Bundesliga, and in Moscow as an intern in the Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy in Russia. He has a BS in communications with a major in radio/television/film from Northwestern University, and a master’s in public diplomacy from the University of Southern California, where he was the editor-in-chief of Public Diplomacy Magazine.

Hamilton 2.0 Methodology & FAQs

How to Interpret Hamilton 2.0 Version 2.0 of Hamilton 68 displays outputs from sources that we can directly attribute to the Russian government or its various news and information channels. These channels and accounts often engage with topics, has [...]

2019-09-04T17:37:06-04:00September 3, 2019|By |

Nine Questions Lawmakers Should Ask at the June 13th Hearing on AI and Deepfakes

On Thursday, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence will host a panel of experts to discuss the national security challenges posed by artificial intelligence (AI), manipulated media, and “deepfake” technology. The committee will examin [...]

2019-07-26T13:15:11-04:00June 12, 2019|By , , and |

ASD’s Bret Schafer Interviewed on CNN

CNN interviews ASD's Social Media Analyst Brett Schafer on Maffick Media.   Three online video channels designed to appeal to millennials have collected tens of millions of views on Facebook since September. But the pages pushing the videos do [...]

2019-04-05T16:12:18-04:00March 1, 2019|By |

Deep Inside a Pro-Putin Network

ASD's Social Media Analyst and Communications Officer Bret Schafer spoke with Denise Clifton of Mother Jones about lessons learned from a year of monitoring Russian influence operations on social media. Every day, the roughly 600 Kremlin-linked acc [...]

2018-12-06T10:13:58-04:00November 9, 2018|By |
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