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FAQ

1. What are influ­ence operations?

There have been many attempts to give a pre­cise def­i­n­i­tion of influ­ence oper­a­tions, none of which we find com­plete­ly sat­is­fac­to­ry. For pur­pos­es of the GIOR, we gen­er­al­ly con­sid­er an influ­ence oper­a­tion to be any orga­nized attempt by a state or transna­tion­al actor to non-trans­par­ent­ly influ­ence pub­lic opin­ion and/or pub­lic pol­i­cy and aimed at a demo­c­ra­t­ic coun­try. Open and trans­par­ent oper­a­tions such as those con­duct­ed by state media do not fall into this cat­e­go­ry although they cer­tain­ly can be viewed as propaganda.

2. Why is there is a need for the Glob­al Influ­ence Oper­a­tions Report?

We con­sid­er the rise of state-spon­sored and transna­tion­al influ­ence to be the most pro­found threat fac­ing the West as it seeks to counter the flood of dis­in­for­ma­tion that is mak­ing ratio­nal dis­cus­sion of pub­lic pol­i­cy increas­ing­ly dif­fi­cult if not impos­si­ble. There are scores of pub­li­ca­tions report­ing on influ­ence oper­a­tions but none which seem to cov­er the sub­ject on a dai­ly basis and none which have the scope of the GIOR which also includes transna­tion­al Islamist net­works such as the Glob­al Mus­lim Broth­er­hood. The GIOR pro­vides a dai­ly, chrono­log­i­cal account, free from polemics and backed up with sol­id, gen­er­al­ly pub­lic infor­ma­tion and pre­sent­ed with his­tor­i­cal and oth­er explana­to­ry context.

3. Why were these par­tic­u­lar countries/networks select­ed for coverage?

While those cho­sen by GIOR for cov­er­age are cer­tain­ly not the only actors con­duct­ing influ­ence oper­a­tions, we select­ed the ones that we feel rep­re­sent the great­est threat to demo­c­ra­t­ic coun­tries. The threat was eval­u­at­ed in terms of both the nature of the threat and the resources avail­able to the par­tic­u­lar actor to con­duct influ­ence operations.

4. Why was the Unit­ed States included?

The US is unique among demo­c­ra­t­ic coun­tries at this point in time because it is the only demo­c­ra­t­ic coun­try that is known to have its own gov­ern­ment and/or a major polit­i­cal par­ty con­duct­ing influ­ence oper­a­tions direct­ed at its own cit­i­zens. This looks like­ly to con­tin­ue for the fore­see­able future.

5. Who has edi­to­r­i­al con­trol of the Glob­al Influ­ence Oper­a­tions Report?

The GIOR is the cre­ation of its Senior Edi­tor who has sole edi­to­r­i­al con­trol of its content.

6. What is the con­nec­tion between the Glob­al Influ­ence Oper­a­tions Report and the Glob­al Mus­lim Broth­er­hood Dai­ly Watch?

The Glob­al Mus­lim Broth­er­hood Dai­ly Watch (GMBDW) was an ear­li­er pub­li­ca­tion of the GIOR Senior Edi­tor that oper­at­ed from June 2007 until Octo­ber 2020. Giv­en the esca­lat­ing threat posed by influ­ence oper­a­tions, it was deemed nec­es­sary to adopt a broad­er per­spec­tive and that the Glob­al Mus­lim Broth­er­hood was best viewed as an influ­ence oper­a­tion itself. The GMBDW will remain live for as long as pos­si­ble as a his­tor­i­cal archive and is search­able either on the GMBDW site or from the GIOR search page if necessary.

7. How can I sup­port the work of the Glob­al Influ­ence Oper­a­tions Report?

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