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About Bret Schafer

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 Washington Post, and he has been interviewed on NPR, MSNBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, 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 – Analysis 2 – Syrian Victory Lap

Overview On October 6, President Trump announced a U.S. withdrawal from northern Syria, leading to a week-long Turkish offensive against the Syrian Kurds. Since the announcement, Russian media and diplomats have doubled-down on their Syria coverage [...]

2019-11-13T14:44:07-05:00November 12, 2019|By |

Hamilton 2.0 – Analysis 1 – Revisionist History

Overview The Russian government under Vladimir Putin has engaged in a prolonged effort to create a version of Russian history free “from internal contradictions and ambiguities.” But attempts to airbrush Russian history have recently become a messa [...]

2019-09-30T12:50:02-04:00September 30, 2019|By |

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 or Chinese governments or their various news and information channels. These channels and accounts often engage wi [...]

2020-03-30T12:28:15-04:00September 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 |
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