Bret Schafer


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.

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 [...]

2018-12-06T10:13:58-05:00November 9, 2018|By |

Russian Interference in U.S. Elections

ASD's Social Media Analyst Bret Schafer joined VOA's Encounter hosted by Carol Castiel.   Mark Simakovsky, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council's Eurasia Center and Bret Schafer, Social Media Analyst at the “Alliance for Securing Democracy” a [...]

2018-08-20T23:45:46-04:00August 3, 2018|By |

Can Congress Tackle Digital Disinformation?

WASHINGTON — Earlier this week, representatives from Facebook, Google, and Twitter appeared before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary to answer questions about the use of their platforms in the dissemination of Russian disinformation before [...]

2018-12-20T09:48:48-05:00November 3, 2017|By |
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