New Web tool tracks Russian “influence ops” on Twitter

To Inform is to Influence

Hamilton 68 tracks Russian state news and Twitter trolls, shows propaganda trends.

The Alliance for Securing Democracy, a bipartisan project backed by the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), has launched a Web tool to keep tabs on Russia’s ongoing efforts to influence public opinion in the United States and abroad. Called Hamilton 68—named for the 68th edition of the Federalist Papers, in which Alexander Hamilton discussed how to prevent foreign meddling and influence in America’s electoral process—the Web dashboard tracks 600 Twitter accounts “linked to Russian influence activities online.” That’s according to a blog post by the Alliance’s senior fellow and director Laura Rosenberger and non-resident fellow J.M. Berger.

Russia’s use of Twitter and other social media in the run-up to the 2016 US presidential election (as well…

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