“It is no secret that Russia has been engaging in efforts to influence elections across the Western world in recent years. In this article, Brett Carson and Eric Couves analyze the data to determine whether fears of Russian interference are justified.”
Brett Carson is an MA candidate at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. His research interests include the geopolitics of cyberspace, data analytics, and the use of disinformation on social media as a political tool. This summer he will be continuing his research on disinformation while participating in a field research course in Moscow. He will then finish his MA degree at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. After graduation, he hopes to pursue a career in security and defence, either with the Canadian government or a multilateral institution.
Eric Couves is an MA candidate at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. His research interests include international security, trans-boundary water conflicts, as well as the integrity and function of democratic institutions. After graduation, he hopes to continue his career in the Canadian public service.