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Tue, Feb 18, 2020

#AlertaVenezuela: February 18, 2020

A group of Twitter accounts linked to Venezuelan right-wing movements, such as Rumbo Libertad and Derecha Ciudadana, pushed hashtags not only against Nicolás Maduro but also against Juan Guaidó on Twitter. In some tweets, the group asked for military intervention and misleadingly claimed that Guaidó supported the Maduro regime.

#AlertaVenezuela by Atlantic Council's DFRLab

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Tue, Feb 11, 2020

Iranian digital influence efforts: Guerrilla broadcasting for the twenty-first century

This brief begins with a discussion of the modern Iranian state’s approach to information and information control. It proceeds to a history of the Iranian Internet. Next, it examines the evolution of Iranian digital influence operations, followed by a discussion of the broader information conflict in which they take place. The brief concludes by considering the future nature and intent of Iran’s clandestine digital activities.

Report by Emerson T. Brooking, Suzanne Kianpour

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Tue, Feb 11, 2020

#AlertaVenezuela: February 11, 2020

Rumors claiming that Juan Guaidó had given Donald Trump permission to lead a military intervention in Venezuela started to circulate while Guaidó was on an international tour to Europe and the Western Hemisphere. The claims amassed substantial engagement on social media, including a YouTube video that received more than 100,000 views.

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Tue, Feb 11, 2020

US taking right approach with China over coronavirus, former White House official says

As world leaders attempt to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus, the United States has been correct to take “a soft touch approach to the relationship with Beijing,” former US homeland security advisor Thomas P. Bossert said at the Atlantic Council on February 11.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

China International Markets

Wed, Feb 5, 2020

A reason for skepticism with China’s coronavirus comms

As the novel coronavirus spreads across China and beyond its borders, the country’s government has struggled to maintain control over the flow of information to its citizens, who are increasingly showing their anger over the rapidly escalating situation. While presenting an image abroad of transparency and cooperation, China is simultaneously threatening journalists and detaining people who speak out on social media, the latest in its long history of attempting to maintain tight control over the facts to avoid domestic public scrutiny of a public health crisis.

Insights & Impact by Tessa Knight and Jacqueline Malaret

China Civil Society
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Tue, Feb 4, 2020

#AlertaVenezuela: February 4, 2020

A Twitter network previously reported by the DFRLab used random text, including snippets of poems, song lyrics, articles, and Wikipedia entries, to amplify anti-Guaidó hashtags on Twitter. The random text appeared to be unrelated to Guaidó and to the hashtags. The network’s actions suggest they engaged in inauthentic behavior to make the hashtags seem more popular than they were in an attempt to influence or manipulate the trending topics on Twitter.

#AlertaVenezuela by Atlantic Council's DFRLab

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Mon, Feb 3, 2020

#DigitalSherlocks on Capitol Hill

On January 24, 2020, the DFRLab's DC team took to Capitol Hill to train a group of 16 bipartisan senior congressional staffers on key tools and tactics to help them navigate the information environment and spot the truth.

Insights & Impact by Atlantic Council

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Tue, Jan 28, 2020

#AlertaVenezuela: January 28, 2020

Accusations of corruption against Juan Guaidó and other National Assembly members resurfaced in the form of a misleading claim regarding the misappropriation of foreign funds that was pushed by pro-Maduro regime blogs and media outlets from Venezuela and regime-allied countries.

#AlertaVenezuela by Atlantic Council's DFRLab

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Thu, Jan 23, 2020

Brookie joins NPR to discuss the growing role of private cyber security firms in identifying foreign state hackers

In the News by Atlantic Council

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Tue, Jan 21, 2020

#AlertaVenezuela: January 21, 2020

On January 11, Juan Guaidó, president of the National Assembly who is recognized by more than 50 countries as interim president of Venezuela, announced his intention to appoint a presidential commission to oversee the restructuring of the Maduro regime-backed broadcaster Telesur. The announcement started the debate about the future of the media outlet. The regime mounted a significant response on social and traditional media, including on Telesur itself.

#AlertaVenezuela by Atlantic Council's DFRLab

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