The National Security Podcast

Securing elections and fighting fake news

Episode Summary

Are Western democracies getting better at defending against cyber interference? On this National Security Podcast, we hear from Tim Maurer about how countries around the world have been waging and defending against information warfare since 2016 Russia’s interference in the US election.

Episode Notes

It’s been two years since the Russian government’s alleged interference in the US presidential election. Since then, it’s not just the US who has had to grapple with this new form of statecraft – countries in Europe have also taken steps to secure their democratic processes against fake news and cyber-attacks.

On this Natsec Pod, Chris Farnham chats to Tim Maurer about the brave new battleground of cyber interference, the blurred lines between state and non-state actors in cyberspace, and how far the US has gone in protecting the integrity of the 2018 mid-term elections. Listen here:

Tim Maurer is the co-director of the Cyber Policy Initiative and a fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He recently co-authored a paper, “Russian Election Interference: Europe’s Counter to Fake News and Cyber Attacks”. He was visiting Australia undertaking a Special Visits Program through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Macquarie University.

Chris Farnham is the presenter of the National Security Podcast. He joined the National Security College in June 2015 as Policy and Events Officer. His career focus has been on geopolitics with experience working in and out of China for a number of years as well as operating in Australia and Southeast Asia.

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