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Malign Foreign Influence

Looking at the Foreign Influence Taxonomy - 2018 (DHS) as a starting point to define this term, the scope is fairly broad:

  • New (social) media abuse (may include cyber activities)
  • Traditional media abuse
  • Trade/ strategic investment
  • Coercion/corruption
  • Migration exploitation
  • International organization manipulation

This document also addresses "misinformation", "disinformation" and "malinformation".

Here are a few recent documents and webinars to provide some context around malign foreign influence:

And some reports and speeches on specific cases:

Covert, Coercive, and Corrupting: Countering the Chinese Communist Party’s Malign Influence in Free Societies

US efforts to counter Russian disinformation and malign influence


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