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HOW TO DEFEND AGAINST FOREIGN INFLUENCE CAMPAIGNS: LESSONS FROM COUNTER-TERRORISM | War on the Rocks
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HOW TO DEFEND AGAINST FOREIGN INFLUENCE CAMPAIGNS: LESSONS FROM COUNTER-TERRORISM | War on the Rocks

From 2010 to 2016, I worked as a counter-terrorism analyst supporting special operations forces, with three tours in Afghanistan. I went on to lead an intelligence team at Facebook that focused on counter-terrorism and global security. As such, I’ve had a front-row seat to observe how the government and tech companies dealt with terrorism’s online dimension, and to consider the similarities to today’s state-sponsored disinformation campaigns.

Five key lessons stand out: improving technical methods for identifying foreign influence campaign content, encouraging platforms to collaborate, building partnerships between the government and the private sector, devoting the resources necessary to keep the adversary on the back foot, and taking advantage of U.S. allies’ knowledge.

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