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The CyberWar for Democracy (Video: 1 hour)

The CyberWar for Democracy: The Role Privacy and Cyber Security Professionals Need to Play - The crisis in Ukraine has amplified the problems tenfold in the emergence of disinformation, attacks on critical and business infrastructure, and the theft of personal information. Long before the invasion of Ukraine, Russia engaged in a disinformation campaign to undermine and create disunity in the West, and this now has increased in scale and effort.

Cyber Security and Privacy communities are now at a point where they can bring together their combined talents to address this undeclared war, as well as the fallout of the Russian invasion. What practically should we be doing? It is essential we understand the threads that weave through the events of the past decade, including the Cambridge Analytica scandal, to understand this cyberwar, and to identify ways in which to combat it.

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Wikimedia Says It 'Will Not Back Down' After Russia Threatens Wikipedia Block

On Tuesday, tech and communications regulator Roskomnadzor threatened to block Wikipedia over the Russian-language page covering Russia's invasion of Ukraine, claiming it contained "false messages" about war casualties and the effects of economic sanctions, among other things. "On March 1st 2022 the Wikimedia Foundation received a Russian government demand to remove content related to the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine posted by volunteer contributors to Russian Wikipedia," reads the statement sent to The Verge via email. "As ever, Wikipedia is an important source of reliable, factual information in this crisis. In recognition of this important role, we will not back down in the face of efforts to censor and intimidate members of our movement. We stand by our mission to deliver free knowledge to the world."

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How Facebook and Google Actually Fund the Creation of Misinformation

MIT's Technology Review shares data from a Facebook-run tool called CrowdTangle. It shows that by 2018 in the nation of Myanmar (population: 53 million), "All the engagement had instead gone to fake news and clickbait websites. In a country where Facebook is synonymous with the internet, the low-grade content overwhelmed other information sources."

Finland is winning the war on fake news. Other nations want the blueprint

Russia's neighbor has developed a plan for countering misinformation. Can it be exported to the rest of the world?