In a blog post titled, It’s Too Late to Protect the 2018 Elections. But Here’s How the U.S. Can Prepare for 2020, published this week, Alex Stamos says,
“The revelations are evidence that Russia has not been deterred and that Iran is following in its footsteps. This underlines a sobering reality: America’s adversaries believe that it is still both safe and effective to attack U.S. democracy using American technologies and the freedoms we cherish.”
He says that the U.S. (GOP) hasn’t taken the issue of information warfare seriously enough, causing countries like Iran to begin adopting Russia’s tactics. He also admitted his role in causing the misinformation to spread, saying that Facebook failed to adequately prepare.
And to forestall similar issues in 2020, he recommended that Congress set legal standards around misinformation and setting guidelines for voter databases.
“Americans need to collectively decide how finely political influence campaigns should be allowed to divvy up the electorate, even when those campaigns are domestically run and otherwise completely legal.”
Our government should also be creating an independent cybersecurity agency, modeled after countries like France and Germany, but the Republicans have blocked every attempt, presumably because they believe they are helped by this disinformation distribution system.
Facebook announced the removal of more than 500 million fake pages and accounts in the first quarter of 2018, part of a new push to increase transparency.
You can read his full depressing, but realistic post here.
(Photos, Facebook, Wikimedia Commons; via HuffPo)