- What lessons haven’t we learned since 2016? Lesson 5: Are YOU Disinfo?
We need to be more aware of whether and when our own posts are feeding narratives being pushed by adversaries and malign actors, what that means, and what we should do about it.Read More »
- Current Information Operation Topics: Someone is psyoping Americans, and you should be really pissed off about it
You’ve probably seen messages that claim to provide evidence that busloads of “out of state” looters, rioters, and members of antifa are coming to burn down your town or city. They are bullsh*t. They are a psychological operation being run against Americans. And we should all understand how dangerous they are.Read More »
- What lessons haven’t we learned since 2016? Lesson 4: Why conspiracy theories work.
Lesson 4: Why conspiracy theories work. As complex conspiracy narratives like QAnon gain popularity, we too often dismiss their importance and broad appeal — and misunderstand why they resonate. Rather than evaluate them through the “true or not” perspective, it is important to understand that conspiracy theories have structural, motivational, and permission-granting characteristics that explain how they work so effectively.Read More »
- What lessons haven’t we learned since 2016? Lesson 3: News Aggregation
Lesson 3: “News aggregator” accounts and personalities play a role in sculpting information environments and building networks on social media — and sometimes also in promoting disinformation and coercive narratives.Read More »
Molly K. McKew
Molly K. McKew (@MollyMcKew), a writer and lecturer on Russian influence and information warfare, is a senior adviser to the Stand Up Republic Foundation. She previously worked as an adviser to president and national security council of Georgia (2009-2013), as an adviser to former Moldovan Prime Minister Vlad Filat (2014-2015), and as the director of a project to counter disinformation and propaganda in the Baltic states (2016-2017). She is also a member of the board of the Stand Up Republic Foundation.