2019 EU Elections Information Operations Analysis: Interim Briefing Paper. The Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) has uncovered a range of digital influence campaigns targeting the European Parliamentary elections through a mix of social media mapping, undercover online reporting and media monitoring. This interim briefing paper addresses who is behind these malign influence operations and analyses the techniques they use. It also assesses the record of the tech companies in addressing these threats to electoral integrity. A full post-election analysis will be published in the coming weeks and experts at ISD can be made available for comment on the election results. Findings include: • The tactical adoption of the ‘Putin playbook’ by non-state actors, from far right online militias to populist parties in their use of automated influence operations; • A shift away from ‘information warfare’ to ‘narrative competition’ with the promotion of ‘culture wars’ around issues like migration, Muslims in Europe, family vs. progressive values and increasingly climate policy • Anti-Semitism, misogyny, and racism as weapons in these elections, amplified by automated accounts;
Interim Briefing: Propaganda and Digital Campaigning in the EU Elections
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