A comprehensive, weekly recap of the news and events that define ASD’s work and mission.

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Our Take To compete with authoritarian regimes like China in AI, the United States should work with its democratic allies to develop more competitive strategies that play to its strengths, Andrew Imbrie, a senior fellow at Georgetown University’s C [...]

2020-06-30T16:42:07-04:00June 30, 2020|By |

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Announcements The German Marshall Fund’s first virtual Brussels Forum continues this week. Tune in for conversations with U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, European Commission Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager, and others. View the [...]

2020-06-24T15:25:10-04:00June 24, 2020|By |

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Our Take On June 11, the Alliance for Securing Democracy expanded the Hamilton 2.0 Dashboard to include the tracking of Iranian government-backed messaging and narratives promoted on social media and state-sponsored websites. You can access the exp [...]

2020-06-16T17:57:11-04:00June 16, 2020|By |

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Our Take Ahead of the November general election, state and local officials should prepare to adapt their election processes to account for the coronavirus. This includes making plans for the possibility of an influx of in-person voting; reaching ou [...]

2020-06-09T16:08:38-04:00June 9, 2020|By |

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Announcements The German Marshall Fund’s first virtual Brussels Forum begins today. For 15 years, Brussels Forum has been the preeminent forum for generating ideas and alignment across the Atlantic. Join us throughout June as we discuss the most pr [...]

2020-06-03T11:40:50-04:00June 3, 2020|By |

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Announcements Today, Director Laura Rosenberger, Hon. Dominic LeBlanc, President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada, and Brad Smith, President of Microsoft, announced that the Government of Canada has joined Microsoft and the Alliance for Secu [...]

2020-05-27T09:49:50-04:00May 27, 2020|By |

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Our Take China is attempting to portray itself as an altruistic partner to the world, double down on efforts to divide Europe, and repair its image in European countries where it has recently encountered friction, Director Laura Rosenberger and Dir [...]

2020-05-19T10:40:07-04:00May 18, 2020|By |

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Our Take Director Laura Rosenberger expressed the need for an affirmative strategy to counter Beijing’s use of new and more aggressive information manipulation tactics when she briefed the full House Foreign Affairs Committee today on Chinese disin [...]

2020-05-12T11:06:57-04:00May 12, 2020|By |

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Our Take Fellow for Elections Integrity David Levine co-authored a new report, “Ensuring Safe Elections: Federal Funding Needs for State and Local Governments During the Pandemic,” which was published in partnership with the Brennan Center for Just [...]

2020-05-04T17:48:31-04:00May 4, 2020|By |

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Our Take China’s new aggressive information strategy that blames the United States, spreads disinformation, and amplifies conspiracies about the coronavirus could backfire and undermine any positive image China has managed to develop, Director Laur [...]

2020-04-28T15:23:08-04:00April 27, 2020|By |

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Announcement Ariane Tabatabai has joined the Alliance for Securing Democracy as the Middle East Fellow. Dr. Tabatabai is also adjunct senior research scholar at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. She was previously [...]

2020-04-21T09:37:17-04:00April 13, 2020|By |

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Our Take The United States needs to set uniform international standards for future internet technologies and push back against those that threaten civil liberties and human rights, Fellow for Emerging Technologies Lindsay Gorman argued in Lawfare. [...]

2020-04-06T17:00:06-04:00April 6, 2020|By |

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Our Take Beijing appears to be capitalizing on weaknesses in the U.S. response to the coronavirus, using it to emphasize fissures in the transatlantic relationship, Head of Policy and Research Jessica Brandt said to The Hill. Brandt told The Sydney [...]

2020-03-24T13:41:21-04:00March 23, 2020|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Our Take One of Russia’s goals is weakening democratic institutions through the weaponization of race, which helps to divide Americans, Director Laura Rosenberger told The New York Times. Rosenberger also told Deep State Radio that clear messaging [...]

2020-03-18T16:58:04-04:00March 16, 2020|By |

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Our Take It is a mistake to view Russia’s interference as focused on a particular candidate or party; instead, it is part of a broader effort to sow chaos and make democracy appear ineffective, Head of Research and Policy Jessica Brandt told Bloomb [...]

2020-03-18T16:57:30-04:00March 10, 2020|By |

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Our Take When political leadership casts doubt on the integrity of democratic institutions, particularly without any evidence, it is extremely damaging to the function of those institutions, Director Laura Rosenberger said in an interview with The [...]

2020-03-06T15:39:40-05:00March 2, 2020|By |

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Our Take One of the greatest hindrances to doing more to combat foreign interference is the politicization of the issue, Director Laura Rosenberger said on PBS NewsHour, and she told NPR’s “All Things Considered” that participating in democracy is [...]

2020-02-27T22:39:33-05:00February 24, 2020|By |

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Our Take The Alliance for Securing Democracy released the Election Official’s Handbook which highlights six recommendations local election officials can implement at relatively little cost to fortify their election systems before the 2020 president [...]

2020-02-27T22:42:37-05:00February 18, 2020|By |

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Our Take There is no evidence that the Iowa app was hacked or manipulated in any way, but that is not the impression many voters were left with — and the impression of insecurity can be just as damaging as insecurity itself, Head of Policy and Rese [...]

2020-02-27T13:52:57-05:00February 10, 2020|By |

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Our Take There are not enough robust, multilateral mechanisms to share information about cyber threats, best practices, or lessons learned, Director Laura Rosenberger said on The Council on Foreign Relations’ podcast Why it Matters. Rosenberger als [...]

2020-02-27T22:51:25-05:00February 4, 2020|By |

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Our Take The threat landscape for disinformation has grown exponentially since 2016, as the tools and techniques of information manipulation become cheaper and more widely accessible, explained Media and Digital Disinformation Fellow Bret Schafer o [...]

2020-02-27T22:53:58-05:00January 27, 2020|By |

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Our Take The rollout of 5G wireless networks will likely be a defining geopolitical dilemma of 2020, but American and European consumers could easily mistake 5G for just another marketing ploy for early adopters—to the detriment of democracies worl [...]

2020-01-06T16:57:28-05:00January 6, 2020|By |

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Our Take Russia wrote the playbook on foreign interference; other governments are now mimicking their tactics, Deputy Director Dave Salvo said in an interview with 91.5 KJZZ Phoenix. It is imperative that platforms and policymakers make the informa [...]

2019-12-16T15:14:10-05:00December 16, 2019|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements At the Alliance for Securing Democracy, we are working to develop comprehensive strategies to defend against, deter, and raise the costs on state actors’ efforts to undermine democracy and democratic institutions. We hope you will con [...]

2019-12-02T16:52:31-05:00December 2, 2019|By |

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Our Take Russia’s strategy in the information space is to create the impression that it is impossible to know who is behind a particular narrative, Director Laura Rosenberger explained in a story about the Russian-backed campaign to frame Ukraine f [...]

2019-11-25T16:47:56-05:00November 25, 2019|By |

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Our Take Foreign adversaries could rely on some voters’ expectation of manipulation to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the democratic process, warned Fellow for Elections Integrity David Levine in Fortune. Elections are just one target of much broa [...]

2019-11-18T13:25:01-05:00November 18, 2019|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcement The Alliance for Securing Democracy is proud to partner with Microsoft in bringing together representatives from government, industry and civil society to counter cyber threats to elections and democracy more broadly as part of the Par [...]

2019-11-12T16:09:40-05:00November 12, 2019|By |

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Our Take Although bipartisanship will not be possible in every instance, on the right set of common objectives, Congress has a path forward when it comes to combatting foreign interference, Head of Research and Policy Jessica Brandt argued in Lawfa [...]

2019-11-07T15:25:30-05:00November 4, 2019|By |

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Our Take Beijing is interested in weakening democratic institutions in order to remake them in a way that is advantageous to China, explained Director Laura Rosenberger at the Atlantic Council’s Global Forum on Strategic Communications 2019. China [...]

2019-11-04T15:09:57-05:00October 28, 2019|By |

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Announcements The Alliance for Securing Democracy is hiring: We are looking for a Research Assistant to join our Washington, DC-based team. Click here for more information and to apply. Our Take Structural approaches that facilitate a whole-of-so [...]

2019-10-21T12:30:48-04:00October 21, 2019|By |

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Announcement The Alliance for Securing Democracy is hiring: We are looking for a Research Assistant to help us in our work researching and tracking developments in foreign state actors’ efforts to undermine democratic institutions. Knowledge of the [...]

2019-10-14T15:00:28-04:00October 14, 2019|By |

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Our Take A new bill to outlaw anonymous shell companies has broad bipartisan support and is a rare example of Congress working exactly as it is supposed to, argues Fellow for Malign Finance Josh Rudolph in The American Interest. Austria’s recent el [...]

2019-10-07T15:40:00-04:00October 7, 2019|By |

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Our Take The Kremlin’s prolonged efforts to airbrush Russian history have recently become a messaging priority for the country’s diplomatic and government messengers abroad, as evidenced by a recent Twitter campaign targeting #WWII historical narra [...]

2019-09-30T16:09:23-04:00September 30, 2019|By |

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Our Take The widely varying disclosure standards set by social media companies in some ways serve to confuse the general public, warned Director Laura Rosenberger in an interview with OpenSecrets. One of the goals of the Chinese Community Party’s d [...]

2019-09-23T16:11:08-04:00September 23, 2019|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Our Take Chinese information operations are a significant, growing threat to Western democracies, as well as social media platforms that remain vulnerable to manipulation by foreign actors seeking to interfere in democratic debate, argued Co-Direct [...]

2019-09-16T15:46:29-04:00September 16, 2019|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements The Alliance for Securing Democracy launched Hamilton 2.0, a new dashboard tracking Russian government-backed information operations online and on state-sponsored broadcast television. The interactive, publicly accessible dashboard ca [...]

2019-09-26T13:23:24-04:00September 9, 2019|By |

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Announcements The Alliance for Securing Democracy (ASD) announced today that Zack Cooper, Research Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, has joined our team as Co-Director, bringing extensive experience in Chinese statecraft to the role. Jam [...]

2019-09-03T15:11:01-04:00September 3, 2019|By |

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Our Take Beijing’s use of English-language inauthentic social media accounts demonstrates its desire to manipulate the flow of information outside its borders, argued Director Laura Rosenberger to the Washington Post. Using fake social media posts [...]

2019-08-26T15:57:28-04:00August 26, 2019|By |

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Our Take The Kremlin’s operatives are adept at jumping on divisive narratives in the news cycle, with the goal of dividing Americans, noted Director Laura Rosenberger in the Washington Post. The United States should pay greater attention to Russia’ [...]

2019-08-19T14:39:41-04:00August 19, 2019|By |

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Our Take Online platforms should conduct takedowns in a clear and consistent manner, rather than in response to intermittent public pressure, Fellow for Emerging Technologies Lindsay Gorman told the Washington Post. To close tempting entry points f [...]

2019-08-13T09:04:40-04:00August 13, 2019|By |
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