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Erin Gallagher Jan 5
I spent the past 2 days reading this 40 page request for funding for "Phase 2" of the Integrity Initiative. This is the most dystopian thing I've ever heard of. Journalists need to read this whole document closely because y'all are being targeted. 1/
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Erin Gallagher
2/ I'm going to skip to page 15 b/c this is extremely fucked up. In phase 2, each new cluster will be commissioned to produce a study & disseminate (e.g. as an II report, or fed anonymously into local media outlets) ** fed anonymously into local media outlets ** Excuse me?
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Erin Gallagher Jan 5
Replying to @3r1nG
3/ How will journalists know if any of their sources are in these clusters? Will the cluster members be stating their affiliations to journalists? Will articles be labeled? Or is this research going to be presented to the public with no attribution to a government-funded group?
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Erin Gallagher Jan 5
Replying to @3r1nG
4/ Back to page 2. Phase 2 involves "Expanding our network of specialists, journalists, academics and political actors across Europe." Are the journalists in the clusters stating their affiliations clearly when publishing articles? How about academics who are cited in media?
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Erin Gallagher Jan 5
Replying to @3r1nG
5/ Page 4. Phase 2 completion date is March 31, 2019, 2 months from now. Some of the funding sources: NATO, US State Dept, Facebook... Should be obvious why it's extremely bad (also highly unethical) for research from this project to be "fed anonymously into local media outlets"
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Erin Gallagher Jan 5
Replying to @3r1nG
6/ Page 7. 9 clusters were set up in Phase 1. Assuming Phase 2 is almost finished, 5 other "latent clusters" will be fully functional by March and 10 additional clusters will be established. That's 24 countries by my math. Plus whatever extending networks into MENA involves.
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Erin Gallagher Jan 5
Replying to @3r1nG
7/ (page 7 cont.) In Phase 1 they learned once a cluster is established, it has measurable impact within 3 months and the cluster is "fully effective within 6-9 months" "should be possible to set up functioning clusters in all countries named in column 1" April '18 - April '19
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Erin Gallagher Jan 5
Replying to @3r1nG
8/ How can we retroactively measure what "impact" the already functioning clusters have had to date? Page 7 names one incident which I already know was problematic. The El Pais coverage of the Catalan referendum. I noted a few issues at the time:
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Erin Gallagher Jan 5
Replying to @3r1nG
9/ Guess who was cited as "definitive proof" that an army of pro-Russian bots was tweeting about the referendum?
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JamesFromTheInternet Jan 5
Replying to @3r1nG
Knowing it took you two days means I don't feel badly for not having finished reading it yet.
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Erin Gallagher Jan 5
Replying to @3r1nG
10/ The tweets I made at the time (linked above) cited a "study" by Javier Lesaca from George Washington University which was never made public Same guy also wrote this piece
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Erin Gallagher Jan 5
Replying to @3r1nG
That's three El Pais articles in 2 languages claiming Russian interference in the Catalan referendum. Those pieces were cited in how many other media outlets? Were any of those articles labeled as coming from the Integrity Initiative? 🤔
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Erin Gallagher Jan 5
Replying to @3r1nG
I screwed up my numbers I think this is 11/ I'll refer you to page 9 for details on the structures of this network of clusters. A small admin hub (1-3 people) plus a network of 10-20 active members disseminating materials to 100+ key individuals and institutions.
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Erin Gallagher Jan 5
Replying to @3r1nG
12 or 13... whatever. Fighting state propaganda w/ more state propaganda. Corrupting journalists & academics in the process. This is some dystopian state-sponsored Sense8 fuckery. Makes me nauseous tbh.
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Erin Gallagher Jan 5
Replying to @JamesFTInternet
I read it several times in 2 days. Mostly because I could not believe what I was reading. o.O
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kosh_ Jan 5
Replying to @3r1nG
Lithuanian elves, 'troll hunters' (RT, NATO tv & RFE, 2016-17). "we propose to develop and introduce Information warfare and political (hybrid) warfare modules into the curriculum of relevant Masters’ programmes…" a military-civil society interface.
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Erin Gallagher Jan 5
Replying to @kosh_1
I will be honest with you, I purposely did not link any of those RT reports in this thread. I refuse to link to RT/Sputnik. I'm not sure what that other website is, but the instant you link to them, those optics discredit anything you say. That's just reality.
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Erin Gallagher Jan 6
Replying to @3r1nG
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Julien Benda⏳ Jan 6
Are you paid by the word or tweet? troll
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Erin Gallagher Jan 6
I blocked him. He got either 2 or 3 strikes in my mentions today so he's gone now.
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