Bret Schafer

Coordinator for Communication, Social Media, and Digital Content, Alliance for Securing Democracy, German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF)

Germany, Hungary, Russia

Coordinator for Communication, Social Media, and Digital Content, Alliance for Securing Democracy, German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF)

Germany, Hungary, Russia

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By Bret Schafer

A View from the Digital Trenches – Lessons from Year One of Hamilton 68


The Russian government’s active measures campaign during the 2016 U.S. presidential election was a watershed moment in… Read more

By Bret Schafer

Beware the Aftermath – The Threat of Foreign Interference Won’t End on Election Day


Government officials and tech titans could be excused for breathing a huge, collective sigh of relief if… Read more

By Bret Schafer

Online Information Laundering: The Role of Social Media


Revelations that the Kremlin exploited social networking tools to disseminate and promote divisive content in the United… Read more

Biography

Bret Schafer is the coordinator for communication, social media, and digital content for the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). Mr. Schafer has over ten years of experience in the film industry, serving as a development assistant at Cartoon Network, a development producer at Citizen Skull productions, and as a freelance writer at Warner Brothers. Additionally, he worked as a radio host in Budapest. Mr. Schafer was the editor-in-chief of Public Diplomacy Magazine at the University of Southern California (USC), and has been published by the Chronicle of Social Change, LAist.com, WitnessLA.com, and USC’s Center on Public Diplomacy. Mr. Schafer earned his master’s degree from USC, and his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.

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