Dr Jacob Shapiro – Online Foreign Influence Efforts

Wednesday, September 30th, 7:00-7:30 pm Mountain Time

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Dr Jacob N. Shapiro, Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University, will discuss online foreign influence efforts.  Since 2014 there have been at least 96 online political influence campaigns targeting more than 30 different countries. From the Russian campaigns to shape the 2016 US Presidential election and 2017 Brexit vote to domestic campaigns in 20 countries around the world, using social media to covertly shape politics has become a new tool of statecraft. We will discuss how this tool has evolved, how worried we should be, what is being done, and what else needs to happen to secure our democracy.

 

Jacob N. Shapiro is Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University and directs the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project. He is author of The Terrorist’s Dilemma: Managing Violent Covert Organizations, co-author of Small Wars, Big Data: The Information Revolution in Modern Conflict, and his research has been published in broad range of academic and policy journals. Shapiro received the 2016 Karl Deutsch Award from the International Studies Association, given to a scholar younger than 40, or within 10 years of earning a Ph.D., was previously President and Chief Scientist of Giant Oak, a venture-funded software company. He is a veteran of the United States Navy.