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By Mitch Neff.

Recorded Aug. 26, 2020

Disinformation is front and center right now. As disinformation efforts constantly increase, platforms struggle to contain the problem without giving the appearance of censuring or controlling all information present. A Talos research team recently published some findings on the building blocks of disinformation campaigns. Special guest Kendall McKay joins us to discuss the research she co-authored with her team in Talos. We go over exactly what defines disinformation and the most pervasive sources. We also look at who these actors are and how they operate at scale while remaining hidden.

The timeline:

  • 00:45 — Roundtable: Nigel spills the beans on the lizard people
  • 07:30 — Disinformation: Background info with Kendall McKay
  • 10:30 — Meet the actors
  • 15:00 — Disinformation tactics 101: The accounts
  • 18:45 — Tooling at scale
  • 23:00 — Taking advantage of information as it exists
  • 30:30 — What’s the defense, then?
  • 32:50 — Closing thought, parting shots

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