Schneier on Security: Information Attacks against Democracies. “Democracy is an information system. That’s the starting place of our new paper: ‘Common-Knowledge Attacks on Democracy.’ In it, we look at democracy through the lens of information security, trying to understand the current waves of Internet disinformation attacks. Specifically, we wanted to explain why the same disinformation campaigns that act as a stabilizing influence in Russia are destabilizing in the United States.”
Sahara Reporters: Is Nigeria Ready For A Possible Cyberattack On The 2019 Presidential Election? . “The question is: Is Nigeria ready to respond to cyberattack(s) on the 2019 presidential election to protect the integrity of the Election Information Systems and data? More importantly, does Nigeria have the required national cybersecurity technical capabilities, know-hows, tools, processes and professionals to protect the country from any cyber-attack?” Good questions from Paul Omoruyi.
Indiana University Bloomington: Study: Twitter bots played disproportionate role spreading misinformation during 2016 election. “Among the findings: A mere 6 percent of Twitter accounts that the study identified as bots were enough to spread 31 percent of the ‘low-credibility’ information on the network. These accounts were also responsible for 34 percent of all articles shared from ‘low-credibility’ sources.”
Mashable: Facebook’s board just responded to that New York Times bombshell. “Following the Nov. 14 New York Times bombshell report detailing a host of gross miscalculations and alleged malfeasance at the social media giant both in the run up to and following the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the Facebook board has come out with a statement. And oh boy, even filtered through innumerable layers of corporate speak the message is clear: Board members aren’t happy with Mark Zuckerberg.”
New York Times: Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis. “This account of how Mr. Zuckerberg and Ms. Sandberg navigated Facebook’s cascading crises, much of which has not been previously reported, is based on interviews with more than 50 people. They include current and former Facebook executives and other employees, lawmakers and government officials, lobbyists and congressional staff members. Most spoke on the condition of anonymity because they had signed confidentiality agreements, were not authorized to speak to reporters or feared retaliation.” I read this article right after supper, which is too bad because it made me sick to my stomach.
Slate: Why Social Media’s Misinformation Problem Will Never Be Fixed. “At first grimace, the role of social media in the 2018 U.S. midterm elections looked a lot like the role it played in the 2016, when the hijacking of tech platforms by foreign agents and domestic opportunists became one of the major subplots of Donald Trump’s victory and sparked a series of high-profile congressional inquiries. Despite all of the backlash, all the scrutiny, all the promises made by the likes of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to do better, the boogeymen that reared their head then are still snarling today. That’s dispiriting, because the tech companies had two years to prepare, and untold resources at their disposal. Facebook even had a well-staffed election ‘war room’ tasked with finding and addressing the very kinds of hoaxes that continued to crop up throughout the election cycle. If they haven’t fixed things by now, well: When will they?”
CNET: Facebook links Russia-based agency to 115 accounts it blocked prior to midterms. “Facebook revealed late Tuesday that the 115 accounts it blocked for ‘inauthentic behavior’ over the weekend could’ve been linked to Russia’s Internet Research Agency (IRA).”