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Policy and Resources
The U.S. Senate One Hundred Fifteenth Congress’ report Disinformation: A Primer in Russian Active Measures and Influence Campaigns details disinformation and Russian activities against the 2016 U.S. elections.
The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs’ Election Influence Operations Playbook, Part 1: Understanding Mis and Disinformation provides an introduction to Influence Operations – what they are, who is carrying them out, why they can impact our elections, and how they work.
The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs’ Election Influence Operations Playbook, Part 2: Mis/Disinformation Response Plan includes recommendations and materials to help election officials respond to election-related mis and disinformation incidents quickly and in a coordinated fashion.
The Election Influence Operations Playbook, Part 3: Part 3: Mis/Disinformation Scenario Plans
The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs’ Election Influence Operations Playbook, Part 3: Mis/Disinformation Scenario Plans provides specific recommendations and scenario-based materials to aid election officials in building a response plan. This part complements parts 1 & 2 and is available exclusively for election officials’ use.
Election officials can request a copy here: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s Foreign Adversaries Could Use Deepfakes to Influence U.S. Elections fact sheet highlights the threat of foreign malicious use of deepfakes to influence public perception of the election and results.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s Foreign Adversaries are Targeting U.S, Elections with Disinformation fact sheet highlights the threat of foreign malicious use of disinformation against the 2020 election.
The FBI’s Protected Voices Initiative provides tools and resources to political campaigns, companies, and individuals to protect against online foreign influence operations and cybersecurity threats.
The American Economic Association’s report on Social Media and Fake News in the 2016 Election reviews the economics of fake news and its consumption prior to the 2016 election.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s Statement by NCSC Director William Evanina: 100 Days Until Election 2020 is a press release highlighting malicious foreign influence efforts to undermine the 2020 election.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s Statement by NCSC director William Evanina: Election Threat Update for the American Public is a press release from the National Counterintelligence and Security Center highlighting malicious foreign influence efforts to undermine the 2020 election
Recorded Future’s Russian-Related Threats to the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election provides an overview of Russia-nexus cyberespionage and influence operations activity related to the 2020 U.S. elections.
FireEye’s podcast Under the Influence: A Look at Modern Day Information Operations provides tools, techniques, and current operations of information operations, including trends, deepfakes, and the Ghostwriter campaign.
Graphika’s report Facebook downs Inauthentic Cluster Inspired by Qanon details the takedown of inauthentic media network perpetuating misinformation about the 2020 election, among other topics.