Weekly round-up of cognitive security-related articles from the Washington Post.
How Trump, ISIS and Russia have mastered the Internet as a weapon
Washington Post, Book Review, Leigh Giangreco, November 29th, 2018
[The book] “LikeWar” begins with Donald Trump’s first tweet in 2009, announcing, “Be sure to tune in and watch Donald Trump on Late Night with David Letterman as he presents the Top Ten List tonight!” But this is not (thank God) another book about the president. Instead, it revolves around an unholy trinity of those who have mastered the Internet as a weapon: Trump, the Islamic State and Russia.
Jerome Corsi is a Harvard-trained conspiracy kingpin. But is he the link between WikiLeaks and the Trump campaign?
Washington Post, Isaac Stanley-Becker, November 28th, 2018
Corsi’s path into President Trump’s orbit is a study in political disinformation. It also shows how conspiracy doesn’t spring fully formed from the dark corners of the Internet, but sometimes has roots as well in American academia, which can lend an imprimatur to nonsense.
What Facebook can learn from Bank of America’s history about good corporate citizenship
Washington Post, Justin Douglas and Bretton Fosbrook, November 28th, 2018
Outcry over the social media platform’s failure to address disinformation campaigns, ethnic and religious violence, and privacy breaches has led to calls for legislators to regulate and investigate the company. While Facebook has cast itself as a benevolent tool for social change that connects the world and provides a space for open dialogue, recent investigations have revealed a management team fixated on growth at the expense of the platform’s social and political impact. That has left Facebook deeply intertwined with — and having contributed to the rise of — movements as divergent as #MeToo and the alt-right.
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