Defending Against Disinformation Attacks

September 2, 2019

The recent and rapid spread of advanced information technologies is opening the United States to new types of threats—what a scholar writing in Issues called weaponized narratives—intended to disrupt its institutions, culture, and resiliency. And the Defense Department is ramping up the alert level. Its high-tech research agency is launching a project to repel “large-scale, automated disinformation attacks” by developing software that can spot false news stories, malicious social media posts, and deep-fake videos before they go viral.

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