Research on Capitol Hill

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Spencer Sproul, Utah State UniversityFollow


College of Humanities and Social Sciences


Political Science Department

Faculty Mentor

Briana Bowen


"Fake news” is old news, but what is it and how do we combat it? The term describes disinformation, or the tactical creation and dissemination of false information.

My research seeks to combine traditional national security studies with cybersecurity and big data analytics to gain insight into the issue of “Fake news”, particularly regarding the Russian disinformation campaign leading up to and after the 2016 US presidential election.

The project consisted of analyzing both news and academic literature on this new Russian strategy. Its target is US citizens’ cognitive decision-making shortcuts. The campaign’s goal appears to be to covertly manipulate Americans into making decisions favorable to Russia and to degrade American power.

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