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Countering Electoral Interference


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Presentation of Kasper Kivisoo

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Countering Electoral Interference

  1. 1. Context – Countering Electoral Interference • After 2016, election meddling has become prevalent. • From working with Hybrid CoE participating States and reviewing case studies, we saw a few key shortfalls in how States responded to this threat: • situational awareness • communication with populations and the adversary • collaboration across the public private divide.
  2. 2. • 2 day traning module that tackled these issues • Partners: University of Lund, Facebook, Microsoft • The first day of training includes lectures on  Crosss government collaboration  The intelligence dimension  Building strong narratives and countering disinformation  How to build stronger public-private cooperation Our Training – Countering Electoral Interference
  3. 3. The second day is a TTX...  Testing capabilities  Pushing participants to work across government departments  Encouraging participants work across the public-private divide  Giving a practical understanding of how events can unfold during interference in elections Our Training – Countering Electoral Interference
  4. 4. Many of the participants of our events have critical roles in the coming election but have never met one another Our events support the establishment of communities of practice – sustainable networks that can help to improve coordination and strengthen resilience Use of open source intelligence material is encouraged because it can be shared horizontally and with private sector partners and more easily communicated to our populations Our training teaches best practice for understanding the threats to elections, assessing risk, coordinating skills and designing robust responses… Key Takeaways – Countering Electoral Interference
  5. 5. We note a large variation in decision-making processes, the more streamlined the process the better- with clear plans of action and lines of communication flow. Public and private sector should strive to have matching definitions of disinformation as it smoothens the takedown process. Public and private sector should share information throughout an investigation into influence operations, in order to maximise the impact of private sector action. On measuring of impact, there could also be a need for a trusted third party that would compile news, research and data from platforms to measure impact. Using only metrics (how many followers, how many shares) from platforms will not tell the whole story on impact. One of the key dilemmas practitioners face is related to attribution. Governments should establish their thresholds for attribution and consider, when, who and how they would attribute. Key Takeaways – Countering Electoral Interference