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A targeted, coordinated online campaign has tried to mislead the public. While the myths have been debunked, the culpable parties remain unknown. SEAN DAVEY/AAP

Bushfires, bots and arson claims: Australia flung in the global disinformation spotlight

We found about 300 suspicious Twitter accounts, which we suspect included a high proportion of bots and trolls pushing the #ArsonEmergency narrative.
What people read online could really disrupt society and politics. igorstevanovic/Shutterstock.com

How disinformation could sway the 2020 election

The Russians won’t be alone in spreading disinformation in 2020. Their most likely imitator will be Iran. Also, Instagram could get even more infected with intentional misinformation than it has been.
A recent study has found that many Obama supporters didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 US election because of the spread of fake news. Chris Kleponis/AAP

Governments are making fake news a crime – but it could stifle free speech

Human rights activists, legal experts and others fear these laws have the potential to be misused to stifle free speech or unintentionally block legitimate online posts and websites.
Digital literacy movements require collaboration between the government, social media platforms and the public. www.shutterstock.com

Combating disinformation in Indonesia

Collaborations between the government, communities, and social media platforms are essential to establish a successful national digital literacy movement
The U.S. military is shifting the focus of its cyberwarfare forces. U.S. Air Force

US military steps up cyberwarfare effort

A new strategy for U.S. Cyber Command seeks to block enemies from achieving their objectives – but may not be successful, and could have unforeseen consequences.
Look out for Russian influence. M-SUR/Shutterstock.com

Countering Russian disinformation the Baltic nations’ way

European countries, especially the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, have confronted Russian disinformation campaigns for decades. The US can learn from their experience.

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