The rise of conspiracy theory communities on the Internet… And in American politics Conspiracy theories are not a new phenomenon. However, in today’s digital environment, their role and importance has drastically changed. While these movements were previously mainly confined to obscure and secluded forums of the Internet, they now proliferate and flourish anywhere from Twitter Read More…
Centre For Disinformation Studies
The Centre for Disinformation Studies (CDS) is a nonpartisan research and public outreach wing of the NATO Association of Canada, created in April 2019. The goal of the CDS is to facilitate engagement between academics, government, and the public on the topic of disinformation or ‘fake news’. Although disinformation has long been an aspect of human communication, new technologies and a changing international landscape have pushed the idea of disinformation into public awareness in unprecedented ways. The spread of disinformation in recent years has been facilitated by the proliferation of online social networks and digital information-sharing platforms. These new technologies have eroded public trust in conventional sources of information and have helped spread skepticism towards science, academia, and democratic institutions.
The Centre for Disinformation Studies has two main objectives. The first is to provide an interdisciplinary platform for scholars from across the country and beyond to share and discuss research relating to the study of disinformation. The second objective of the CDS is to help disseminate academic research on disinformation to the public in an accessible and engaging manner. By directly engaging the public and helping to bridge the gap between academic research and societal perceptions, the CDS aims to improve the public’s ability to engage critically with information spread through new digital technologies. The CDS also works to strengthen Canadians’ cultural resiliency towards misleading information or conspiracy theories by providing resources to help the public navigate an increasingly confusing information landscape.
Should Canada adopt an anti-“fake news” law?
Examining anti-“fake news” laws in East and Southeast Asia, Cassidy Bereskin weighs Canada’s options in legislating against disinformation.
Phishing on the Dnieper: Russian Offensive Cyber Operations in Ukraine
While the Russo-Ukranian conflict has challenged many geo-political norms, it has also caused many to reconsider theories of warfare. In this article, Ian Litschko and Josh Campbell examine Russia’s cyber operations in Ukraine.
Event Intelligence, AI & Canada: Interview with Andy Ellis
Touraj Riazi had the privilege of interviewing Andy Ellis, current VP of Corporate Strategy at EVNTL. We discussed EVNTL, its use of AI and the implications. Andy Ellis was formerly the Assistant Director of Operations at the Canadian Security and Intelligence Services.
How Did Canada Thwart Cyber Threats To Its Elections?
Cyber attackers present a real threat to the integrity of democracy’s most important element: the electoral process. Avneet explores how Canada confronted cyber threats during the election.
Canada, NATO, and the Global Threat of Disinformation: An Interview with Brigadier-General Jay Janzen
Ryan Atkinson, Research Analyst at the NATO Association of Canada, recently sat down with Brigadier-General Jay Janzen to discuss the global threat of disinformation. The evermore pertinent problem of disinformation necessitates global action to prevent the further manipulation of information to polarize political discourse as has been witnessed in recent years. The Canadian Federal Election this October 2019 requires civil society and the public and private sectors to be prepared to face and prevent the influence of disinformation on the democratic electoral process.
MADCOMs: Human or Machine?
Tiffany Kwok explores the fresh topic of MADCOMs in the field of artificial intelligence, and ties in possible consequences for democracy.
Disinformation and the Upcoming Federal Election: An Interview
With the upcoming 2019 federal election quickly approaching, Tiffany Kwok speaks with Director at NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence Mr. Jānis Sārts, Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto Dr. Joseph McQuade, and Research Director at the Samara Centre for Democracy Dr. Michael Morden on all issues regarding disinformation.
Preparing Canada to Combat Disinformation in the Upcoming Federal Election
Tiffany Kwok takes a look at the Canadian government’s measures to prepare against disinformation attacks for the upcoming federal election in October.
Is Russia really hacking our elections?
“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.”