Doug Bedell — September 27, 2021, 11:39 am

Defending U.S. Elections from Manipulation, Cyber and Otherwise

Three seemingly unlikely compilers – the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute and the Stanford Internet Observatory – have joined together to produce a playbook entitled “Combating Information Manipulation: A Playbook for Elections and Beyond“.

The playbook “guides readers to understand information manipulation and presents steps to identify, respond, and build resilience against it. With this three-part strategy, the authors hope to establish approaches to maintain election integrity and strengthen democratic processes.”

Further, “Dealing with information manipulation around an election is a new and unfamiliar phenomenon for many countries. Civil society actors, journalists, governments, election management bodies and other democratic actors often end up scrambling to respond in the lead-up to an election. To address this challenge, IRI, NDI and SIO have joined forces to create this playbook, intended to help leapfrog the first six months of the electoral preparation process. The playbook lays out the basics of the problem and the core elements of a response, and points to trusted resources for those looking to do a deeper dive into a particular type of intervention or threat.”

We discovered the playbook via the Homeland Security Digital Library.

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