The Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) would like to thank the OECD for the opportunity to participate in the 2022 OECD Global Forum on Building Trust and Reinforcing Democracy, held on November 17, 2022, in Luxemburg. According to the event website:
The Global Forum allowed participants to collectively explore an action-oriented agenda to rebuild trust in public institutions and discuss the key public governance challenges for democracy.
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The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an intergovernmental organization with 38 member countries, founded in 1961 to stimulate economic progress and world trade.
The conference brought together ministers and high-level representatives from 38 OECD countries, the European Union, as well as OECD accession candidate countries such as Ukraine. Panelists also included representatives from leading technology companies, think tanks, and human rights organizations such as Meta, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Transparency International. Discussion topics centered around improving representation and participation in public life, combating mis- and disinformation, and the transformation of public governance for digital democracy. One central focus of the event was the challenge to democracy posed by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, on which the Ukrainian Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers, Oleh Nemchinov, spoke at length.
Created to monitor the activities of various influence operations worldwide, the Global Influence Operation Report (GIOR) closely followed discussions on strategies against undue influence and disinformation. An extensive paper published by the OECD Public Governance Directorate as part of the event highlighted the urgency and importance of counteracting such threats:
Efforts cannot be limited to the national level, as mis- and disinformation transcend territorial boundaries, nor can they be limited to governance responses alone. Current and proposed initiatives must reflect the interdisciplinary and systemic challenges faced and be developed and implemented in partnership with media and civil society organisations focused on a wide range of issues, including legal and human rights, cyber security and privacy, competition, foreign interference, etc.
GIOR considers the rise of state-sponsored and transnational influence a profound threat facing the West as it seeks to counter the flood of disinformation that makes rational discussion of public policy increasingly difficult, if not impossible. There are scores of publications reporting on influence operations, but none which cover the subject daily, and none with the scope of the GIOR, which also includes transnational Islamist networks such as the Global Muslim Brotherhood. The GIOR also appears to be the only existing resource providing daily intelligence on the ties of Russia to the Global National Conservative Alliance (GNCA), an international network centered on national sovereignty, cultural identity, and opposition to global institutions.