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Thursday, November 23, 2017

The National Security Case For Campaign Finance Reform

By Nathan Kohlenberg // Truman National Security Project.

After meeting with Vladimir Putin briefly at a summit in Vietnam this week, Trump announced that he believes the Russian president when he says that Russia did not meddle in the 2016 presidential election. He later amended that statement, clarifying that “I believe that he feels that he and Russia did not meddle in the election. As to whether I believe it or not, I am with our agencies, especially as currently constituted with the leadership.”

If Trump believes that Putin genuinely did not know about his own intelligence apparatus’ efforts to meddle in the election, he is not, in fact, “with our agencies,” which concluded months ago that Putin was intimately and directly involved with overseeing the operation.…

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Investigative Report: Instagram’s Political Propaganda Spread To Multi-Millions Of Facebook Users In 2016

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

Maybe you saw it, too. On Thursday, I read a post from Facebook executivestouting their determination to reel in the propaganda monster their platform had enabled in 2016’s election.

“We are committed to protecting legitimate political discussion within our community,” Facebook said, citing its “action plan against foreign interference,” which includes “hiring 10,000 people including ad reviewers, engineers and security experts and combining their skills with advances in AI [artificial intelligence] and machine learning to identify and remove content violations and fake accounts.”

Facebook’s moves come as congressional hearings continue on how Russians, with (as we now know) a more sophisticated understanding of social media than Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, planted thousands of propagandistic memes on dominant online platforms including Facebook.…

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