The new hard right - tactics & objectives

By Mike H | A curated list of articles detailing the tactics and objectives of the hard right, mostly relating to Brexit and Trump. Topics include financial interests, active measures and key figures.

A Step-By-Step Guide For How Russian Bots Trick Far-Trolls Into Spreading Fake News

It appears as though the far-right trolls weren't the ones really pulling the strings.

Social Media

Fox News Paid Staffers to Troll the Hell Out Of the Interwebs, According to New Book

In his new book, <i>Murdoch’s World: The Last of the Old Media Empires</i>, NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik has revealed that Fox News’ public …

Republicans

These Russian Hackers Say They’re Using Twitter Bots To Help Germany’s Far Right Party In The Election

One hacker told BuzzFeed News he’s part of a 31-person operation spreading pro-AfD messages.<p>A Russian hacker linked to a network of Twitter bots told BuzzFeed News he and 30 other people in Russia have been promoting messages favourable to the German far right party, AfD, during the current …

Propaganda

The Brexit Botnet and User-Generated Hyperpartisan News

39 Pages Posted: 12 Sep 2017<p>City University London - School of Social Sciences<p>City University London - School of Social Sciences<p>Date Written: May 7, …

Social Media

RT, Sputnik and Russia’s New Theory of War

One morning in January 2016, Martin Steltner showed up at his office in the state courthouse building in western Berlin. Steltner, who has served for more than a dozen years as the spokesman for the Berlin state prosecutor, resembles a detective out of classic crime fiction: crisp suit, wavy gray …

Sputnik

Trump Is Using Targeted Facebook Ads To Reassure Supporters He Will Build The Border Wall

The personal Facebook pages of the president and vice president are running dark post ads that promise "A WALL (NOT A FENCE)," while asking for donations.<p>President Donald Trump is using targeted Facebook ads to reassure supporters that he still plans to build the border wall after his recent public …

Donald Trump
Elections

Vote Leave, the Electoral Commission and Getting to the Truth

Back in February 2016, a then obscure MP called Steve Baker lobbied his colleagues to support Vote Leave’s application for official designation in …

Referendums

Revealed: how loopholes allowed pro-Brexit campaign to spend ‘as much as necessary to win’

Darren Grimes. Image, Channel4, fair use.<p>Last year a young fashion student from County Durham called Darren Grimes registered a pro-Brexit social …

Referendums

How Jack Posobiec Became the King of Fake News

Photograph by Chris Buck<p>It’s a crisp midsummer’s night in late June in Central Park. The air flickers with fireflies, and the breeze hums with the …

Philadelphia

The 'Macron Leaks' Rebel in the Briefing Room

Jack Posobiec is the latest far-right media figure to join the White House press briefing.<p>Jack Posobiec, the Washington bureau chief for a right-wing Canadian outlet called <i>The Rebel</i>, was coming off a big weekend. At 2:49 p.m. on May 5, Posobiec directed his 111,000 Twitter followers to the hacked …

Donald Trump

Mueller just obtained a warrant that could change the entire nature of the Russia investigation

Robert Mueller. Thomson Reuters<p><b>Robert Mueller obtained a search warrant for records of "inauthentic" Facebook accounts</b><p><b>It's bad news for Russian election interference "deniers"</b><p><b>Mueller may be looking to charge specific foreign entities with a crime</b><p>FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller reportedly …

Surveillance

Did Jared Kushner’s Data Operation Help Select Facebook Targets for the Russians?

The Russians used social media to rile the electorate. Investigators wonder if they had inside help.<p>The headlines were about Facebook admitting it had sold ad space to Russian groups trying to sway the 2016 presidential campaign. But investigators shrugged: they’d known or assumed for months that …

Donald Trump

Cruz App Data Collection Helps Campaign Read Minds of Voters

Protecting the privacy of law-abiding citizens from the government is a pillar of Ted Cruz's Republican presidential candidacy, but his campaign is …

Elections

How big an issue are influential unverified Twitter accounts?

<i>Summary</i><p><i>On 30th August 2017 the Times ran a front page article saying “evidence suggests” the Twitter account @DavidJo52951945 (now @DavidJoBrexit) is</i> …

Social Media

The curious case of Adam Baum

On 18 February 2014, anti-government protesters and police clashed violently in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev. The fighting left at least 80 people …

Social Media

I Bought a Russian Bot Army for Under $100

Got a hundred bucks lying around? Mess with an election. Harass an enemy en masse. Twitter is either powerless to stop you, or won’t say how.<p>Do you really know if that pro-Trump meme or far-right tweet is from a real person, or just an unmanned string of code that was purchased for pennies?<p>Although …

Security

Stephen Bannon's nervous defense of Trump on Russia is telling

The Fix | Analysis<p>September 11, 2017 at 11:53 AM<p>Stephen K. Bannon labeled the Russia investigation a "farce" and a "waste of time" during his interview with "60 Minutes" this weekend. But those strong words papered over what was otherwise a pretty nervous and nonsensical defense of President Trump …

Donald Trump

The friendly neighborhood Russian spies living in America: Report

Richard Zablauskas’s cat was stuck in a tree—a tree that belonged to his neighbors, who he believed were Russian spies.<p>It was the early ’90s, and the …

Russia

Exclusive: Russia Used Facebook Events to Organize Anti-Immigrant Rallies on U.S. Soil

Pushing fake news was just one component of the Russian campaign to shape American minds. Part two: organizing anti-immigrant events echoing themes from the pro-Trump press.<p>Russian operatives hiding behind false identities used Facebook’s event-management tool to remotely organize and promote …

Propaganda

The Info Wars to Come

Just another weapon in Russia’s arsenal.Photo illustration by <b>Slate</b>. Photos by Getty Images. The more we learn about Russia’s interference in the 2016 …

U.S. Air Force

The Trolls Who Came In From The Cold

ST. PETERSBURG -- Last May, Tatiana N decided she wanted a higher salary than the average journalist can expect.<p>After responding to an advertisement …

Russia

U.S. Adds More Russians To Sanctions List, Including 'Putin's Chef'

WASHINGTON -- The United States has levied new sanctions against more Russians for Moscow's actions in Ukraine, hitting well-connected insiders, …

Russia

Fake likes: Researchers uncover Facebook 'collusion networks'

You can't always judge a Facebook post by its number of likes.<p>That's one of the takeaways from a new study (PDF) documenting a security loophole that allowed at least a million Facebook accounts -- some real, some fake -- to generate more than 100 million "likes" and comments as part of so-called …

Facebook

The Russian Company That Is a Danger to Our Security

MADBURY, N.H. — The Kremlin hacked our presidential election, is waging a cyberwar against our NATO allies and is probing opportunities to use similar tactics against democracies worldwide. Why then are federal agencies, local and state governments and millions of Americans unwittingly inviting …

Cybersecurity

Facebook’s Russian Ads Disclosure Opens A New Front That Could Lead To Regulation

Sen. Mark Warner suggested that Facebook should disclose the same information about political ads that radio and TV stations are required to.<p>Facebook is facing a new push to reveal how its vast power is being used after it disclosed that roughly $100,000 worth of political ads were purchased on its …

Political Advertising

what to expect when you're expecting bots

Late last week, NATO’s Strategic Center of Excellence in Latvia released an illuminating report on “robotrolling.” The findings are worth …

Russia

The Fake Americans Russia Created to Influence the Election

Sometimes an international offensive begins with a few shots that draw little notice. So it was last year when Melvin Redick of Harrisburg, Pa., a friendly-looking American with a backward baseball cap and a young daughter, posted on Facebook a link to a brand-new website.<p>“These guys show hidden …

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