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October 2, 2018  |  Updated December 19, 2018

#StratComDC – Ms. Lyudmila Savchuk on Infiltrating the Internet Research Agency

By Michael Newton

Internet activist Ms. Lyudmila Savchuk recounts her experiences infiltrating the Internet Research Agency in St. Petersburg, now widely known as a “troll farm” spreading disinformation around the world.

State and non-state actors’ interference in the US and European elections, as well as use of social media platforms to spread false narratives and manipulate the political discourse, have jolted US and European policy-makers into action. Yet, while Western democracies are slowly crafting their response, disinformation campaigns threaten to distort elections worldwide. In response to this growing threat, the Atlantic Council hosted StratCom in Washington, DC, to bring together key stakeholders, researchers, government officials, and civil society to disseminate best practices among the global community. The event addressed the tools and methods used by both state and non-state actors to spread disinformation, target elections, and new technologies aimed at destabilizing democracies worldwide.

You can find a full list of speakers here.