Testifying before House Armed Services Cmte, U. of Cincinnati political science prof. Dr. Richard Harknett says Russian cyber operations "are not hacks or thefts or even espionage — we are facing comprehensive strategic campaigns to undermine our national sources of power."
Dr. Harknett: "I don't know why we should afford first amendment rights to bots... If an issue is trending because of foreign manipulation, that's not free speech." #CyberSecurity
Heather Conley, Center for Strategic & International Studies, tells Senate Armed Services Cmte:
"Russia exploits the weaknesses it finds. They're exploiting weaknesses that already exist." Need to help Americans understand what is coming.
Is the US any better prepared today than we were one year ago to resist foreign intervention in our next presidential election?
The clock is ticking, and it'll happen again unless we prepare. #FairElections
2/ There appear to be two main avenues requiring active defenses: #cybersecurity / hacking, and disinformation / #FakeNews
3/ From my vantage, governments who conduct elections, and corporations who curate #SocialMedia & news are treading water. The next Presidential election is 3 years away, and we've let one year slip away. #FairElections