Science 2.0: A Baltic Lesson For The US In How To Counter Russian Disinformation Tactics. “There are already indications that Cyber Command conducted operations against Russian disinformation on social media, including warning specific Russians not to interfere with the 2018 elections. However, low-level cyberwarfare is not necessarily the best way. European countries, especially the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, have confronted Russian disinformation campaigns for decades. Their experience may offer useful lessons as the U.S. joins the battle.” I really like the idea of a “data embassy” that Estonia pioneered in 2017.
Arizona State University: Office of Naval Research awards ASU $1.6 million to study Russian propaganda. “Arizona State University has been awarded a $1.6 million grant from the Office of Naval Research, a division of the United States Department of the Navy. The project will examine thousands of mass media and social media postings in the Baltic States — Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia — to help detect if Russia is planning a military invasion there.”
ERR: Searchable database of 215,000 leaked Estonian account passwords now online. “This data has been half-publicly making the rounds online for some time, however one activist has finally sorted the accounts by country and made them available on one website in order to draw internet users’ attention to the security of their passwords.”
ERR.ee (Estonia): First ‘data embassy’ to open in Luxembourg . ” Data of the Estonian administration may be stored on servers in Luxemburg as well as in Estonia already towards the end of this year. The ‘data embassy’ created this way will contain information vital to the functioning of the state, and make an attack on the country’s systems more difficult.”
A new database is focusing on startups in Estonia. “The new database…lists over 400 startups with Estonian founders with their basic information, such as a short description of the main idea, industry tags, amount of investments raised and the development stage. It is possible to sort the startups based on the different data fields, which makes it an easy and user-friendly tool for finding startups in specific industries and development phases.”