Gates Forum Paper

Autocratic Approaches to Information Manipulation: A Comparative Case Study

Date Published

Nov 28, 2022

Authors

Jessica Brandt

Publisher

Citation

Brandt, J. (2022). Autocratic Approaches to Information Manipulation: A Comparative Case Study. Williamsburg, VA: AidData at William & Mary.

Announcement

This paper provides a comparative case study of how Russia and China use technology to advance strategic communications and public diplomacy that impacts U.S. interests. Part one focuses on the evolving tools, tactics, and practices of autocratic regimes that are relevant to American policymakers. Part two highlights the primary narratives that each regime—and at times, both regimes together—hammers on a consistent basis and that have the potential to shape the information environment in which U.S. policy is conducted. Finally, part three aims to provide policy recommendations for U.S. leaders, primarily in government but also in the private and civil society sectors, for pushing back on Russia and China’s information advances.

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