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(1) Astroturfing: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) - YouTube
Organizations can hire fake advocates who create the illusion of real support for their message. It’s a shady practice called astroturfing that can warp the public perception of anything...even astroturfing.
deception  politics  media  business  capitalism  truth 
5 days ago by basemaly
dragoninahat comments on "I eat less than 800 calories a day."
"I have three or four people poking me to remind me to eat" rang some real bells for me. I have seen this a few times - women who take extreme pride in "forgetting to eat" and will get a lot of emotional fulfilment of having friends tell them "oh, you have to eat!" Because it is telling them that they are cared for, while also giving them a boost of "you eat so little!" which is a competition we can get into with each other. It's the same type of person who posts constant memes to facebook about how they suffer in silence and are the one who is always there for their friends but nobody sees their quiet struggle. There's a real performative martyr thing going on. If they really didn't eat that much their friends would likely not notice if they didn't draw attention to it, and if they suffered in silence nobody would know, because it would really be silent.
gender  fatlogic  psychology  deception 
14 days ago by ramitsethi
34 years ago, a KGB defector chillingly predicted modern America | Big Think
A chilling interview given by a KGB defector in 1984 describes America of today and outlines four stages of mass brainwashing used by the KGB.
deception  espionage  russia  truth  reality  politics 
27 days ago by basemaly
Why is America so bad at information wars?
JULY 18, 2018 | Financial Times | Gillian Tett.

In his new book Messing With the Enemy, Clint Watts, a former FBI agent, describes this exchange as the first “international-terrorist-versus-counter-terrorist Twitter battle”......One way to make sense of today’s extraordinary cyber battles with the Russians is to look at how jihadi groups developed such campaigns years earlier — not least because this oft-ignored parallel shows how the US government has done a poor job fighting its enemies in cyberspace. “America sucks at information warfare,” Watts laments. “Absolutely sucks.”.....US officials attempted to fight back against Isis’s social media campaigns. Watts reveals that in 2013 while at the FBI — and later as a security consultant — he engaged in a long Twitter duel with American-born terrorist Omar Hammami. Other US intelligence groups tried to develop psychological-operations campaigns to fight the extremists. Some of the experimental techniques used to profile social media users were later deployed in the ad-tech industry by companies such as Cambridge Analytica.

However, the US military was simply too bureaucratic, slow moving and rule-laden to match its enemies. And the country that seemed to learn the most from the social media extremists was Russia: Watts describes how he inadvertently witnessed Russian-backed groups populating American social media from the autumn of 2015 onwards, copying some of the tactics of the Islamists....Watts’s proposed remedy is just as startling: he believes that US government agencies are now so ill-equipped to fight in these type of social media wars that it is time for non-government groups to take the lead instead.....many leading figures in Silicon Valley furtively express similar views. Indeed, some appear to be quietly funding civilian “volunteers” to do exactly what Watts suggests: namely, hunt for ways to counter Russian attacks by infiltrating enemy cyber groups.

Who knows whether this type of grass-roots action will work, or how widespread it might be — everything is deeply murky in the arena of cyberspace and information wars.
Gillian_Tett  information_warfare  U.S.  security_&_intelligence  Twitter  al-Shabab  books  cyber_warfare  Russians  hackers  Russia  disinformation  persuasion  trolls  politics  delegitimization  destabilization  deception 
4 weeks ago by jerryking
Sandia National Laboratories: News Releases : HADES creates alternate reality to mislead hackers
Sandia National Laboratories cyber researchers go with that second option when it comes to foiling a hacker. Rather than simply blocking a discovered intruder, Vince Urias, Will Stout and Caleb Loverro deploy a recently patented alternative reality, dubbed HADES for High-fidelity Adaptive Deception & Emulation System, which feeds a hacker not what he needs to know but what he wants to believe.

“Deception is the future of cyber defense,” said Urias. “Simply kicking a hacker out is next to useless. The hacker has asymmetry on his side; we have to guard a hundred possible entry points and a hacker only needs to penetrate one to get in.”
sandia  cybersecurity  deception 
5 weeks ago by bwiese
Defending the Indefensible: A New Strategy for Stopping Information Operations - War on the Rocks
As a cyber-intelligence analyst with a degree in modeling & simulation, I’ve spent a lot of time trying to fit information operations into a cyber-attack model. Information operations, sometimes referred to as information warfare or political warfare, have been used for centuries by many different entities but have recently regained prominence. According to the RAND Corporation, “Information operations and warfare, also known as influence operations, includes[…]the dissemination of propaganda in pursuit of a competitive advantage over an opponent.” Historical information operations include Soviet propaganda blaming the United States for creating AIDS as a biological weapon and ISIL falsely claiming responsibility for attacks such as the 2017 massacre in Las Vegas. And of course, contemporary observers are familiar with Russia’s use of information operations in an effort to influence democratic processes around the world.
deception  informationoperations  cybersecurity  lockheedmartin 
5 weeks ago by bwiese
Splunk at Sandia National Labs
At Sandia National Labs, Vincent Urias, cybersecurity research strategist, supports both externally-focused organizations including the U.S. Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, as well as internally-focused cybersecurity research and development efforts. According to Urias, “We do a lot of test and evaluation. We also look at where the market is, what the gaps are, and try to fill those gaps with proofs of concept and R&D to understand where we need to invest energy, technology and people to mitigate threats or security issues in a broader fashion.”
sandia  splunk  cybersecurity  deception 
5 weeks ago by bwiese
How to write the perfect CV – first, refuse to play this stupid game | Money | The Guardian
Still, I lived at time when many of us wanted to be considered unemployable, so we could get the dole and do our own thing. We would be sent to interviews even when we had written “satanism and sulphate” for our interests. My mate, who really did not want a job, was doing worryingly well in an interview, so when they got to the “What makes you want to be part of this team?” question, he had to think fast. “Because the voices told me to.” Phew! He was able to carry on being unemployed until he became a pop star.
work  labour  jobs  CV  recruitment  commodification  truth  honesty  deception  dctagged  dc:creator=MooreSuzanne 
7 weeks ago by petej
The totalitarian mind - Lawyers, Guns & Money
Approximately 40% of this country, give or take, is just fine with the president saying that black is white on Monday, and that white is black on Tuesday, and then insisting on Wednesday that he never said black was white or white was black. An undetermined portion of that group will not notice the contradictory nature of the president’s statements; another portion simply won’t care about those contradictions; another portion will applaud the contradictions for being contradictory. This is the psychology that makes totalitarianism possible.
politics  truth  deception  reality 
8 weeks ago by basemaly
The Refugee Detectives
"For those convinced of the overwhelming moral and economic good of immigration, confronting those who disagree can be frustrating. I share that frustration. Drive more than a couple hundred miles in the United States, even in an area as densely populated as the Northeast, and you’ll rapidly see large, undeveloped spaces, many of them not especially beautiful. They are reminders that most of America is still, strangely enough, empty. The establishments punctuating the emptiness—the roadside inns and gas stations—tend to be operated by immigrants. Many came from benighted places, countries of the 'shithole' variety, where extreme poverty is common and a 3 a.m. shift at the front desk of a Motel 6 is worth risking your life for. The idea that America doesn’t have room for more such people strikes me as ridiculous and sad. But these are the politics of our time. The quality of mercy is strained, and the strain from perceptions of illegal immigration has already wounded the United States. Voters have elected politicians, even deeply flawed ones, who purport to be bulwarks against anarchy at the border. bamf’s efforts to improve its refugee process—like Volkswagen engineers scheming to get better mercy-mileage out of their democracy—are ones we should observe and, perhaps, emulate. Attitudes may improve toward refugees and other migrants if the process becomes credible, and the public learns to trust it and not worry about being tricked."
a:Graeme-Wood  p:The-Atlantic★★  d:2018.04  w:6000  process  Germany  immigration  deception  from instapaper
10 weeks ago by bankbryan
Looking for Life on a Flat Earth | The New Yorker
Alan Burdick writes about a growing community of people who reject the notion that the Earth is round.
conspiracy  truth  deception  science  reality 
11 weeks ago by basemaly
People who think their opinions are superior to others are most prone to overestimating their relevant knowledge and ignoring chances to learn more – Research Digest
Across five studies Hall and Raimi found that those people with the highest belief superiority also tended to have the largest gap between their perceived and actual knowledge – the belief superior consistently suffered from the illusion that they were better informed than they were. As you might expect, those with the lowest belief superiority tended to underestimate how much they knew.
psychology  thinking  truth  deception  reality 
11 weeks ago by basemaly

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