Powered by

Russia's meddling in US polls spawning copycats: Report : Techniques picked up around the world to target other democracies, warn researchers

Jun 12, 2019 - The Straits Times (Singapore)

Russia will not be alone in trying to interfere with the next American election, and other copycats are using similar techniques against other democracies around the world, Stanford University researchers have warned in a report.

Russian influence operations used against America during its 2016 presidential election - from brigades of online imposters deepening pre-existing social divisions to hacking operations and obvious propaganda - have been picked up around the world, they said.

"American policymakers rightly are focused on threats to election integrity in the United States in the run-up to the 2020 presidential vote, but these threats are part of a much larger, ongoing challenge to democracies everywhere," said the report titled Securing American Elections, which was released last Wednesd...