Propaganda Made to Measure: How Our Vulnerabilities Facilitate Russian Influence

Think Cambridge Analytica is the worst it gets? No, it’s only the tip of the iceberg!

Personal data collection and individual profiling lead – as we have seen so far – to elections interference and effective propaganda. But state and non-state actors, from Russia to illiberal governments, from Daesh to far-right movements similarly profile our collective structural weaknesses and internal divisions, and seek to amplify them to reach a tipping point. A new GlobalFocus Center study by a multidisciplinary, multinational team, of the permeability of countries in the Black Sea region to malign influence and propaganda and the associated Propaganda Permeability Index provide the first in-depth, extensive analysis of what makes us vulnerable to hostile influences from within and from without, with a focus on the Kremlin agenda.

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