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Fri, Oct 18, 2019

Richard Stengel on disinformation and the threat to democracy

Disinformation—both foreign and domestic—is a catalytic harm that acts to magnify existing societal vulnerabilities. Forging digital resilience is an urgent priority—because, as Stengel said, disinformation is “an attack on our very democracy. And Americans need to be aware of it.”

New Atlanticist by Zarine Kharazian

Disinformation Russia

Thu, May 2, 2019

Armenia Assailed by Deceptive “Fact-Checking” Groups, Part 2: The Coordination

Two Armenian Facebook pages masqueraded as impartial fact-checking organizations to discredit the government of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.

Article by Zarine Kharazian, Eto Buziashvili, and Yulia Reshitko

Civil Society Disinformation

Thu, May 2, 2019

Armenia Assailed by Deceptive “Fact-Checking” Groups, Part 1: The Players

The DFRLab has uncovered a sophisticated influence operation with the aim of discrediting Nikol Pashinyan and his supporters under the hashtag #SutNikol.

Article by Zarine Kharazian, Eto Buziashvili, and Yulia Reshitko

Civil Society Disinformation

Zarine Kharazian is the Assistant Editor at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) based in Washington D.C.

In this role, Zarine edits coverage from the lab’s global network of Digital Research Units (DRUs). She previously served as the assistant editor of the International Enforcement Law Reporter, where she managed editorial operations and covered cybersecurity and data protection issues. While an undergraduate at the College of William & Mary, Zarine worked as a research assistant in the Social Networks and Political Psychology (SNaPP) Lab, where she studied the psychophysiological underpinnings of political behavior, both offline and online. Zarine speaks Armenian and French and is originally from Yerevan, Armenia. She has a particular interest in disinformation trends in the South Caucasus as well as the ethical and methodological dilemmas journalists and researchers face when reporting on disinformation.