Marketing specialist – are you still in the game?

On November 5-6, Integrated Marketing Forum (pl.: Forum Marketingu Zintegrowanego (FMZ) organised a conference "Marketing specialist - are you still in the game?" in Warsaw, Poland.

Fraud in the area of Internet advertising

Dobromir Ciaś on the problem of the online advertising market

Patterns of Facebook Interactions around Insular and Cross-Partisan Media Sources in the Run-up of the 2018 Italian Election

Report launch: The phenomenon of disinformation in the age of digital revolution

The impact of disinformation on the state, politics, society and business - this is the main subject of the NASK PIB report "The phenomenon of disinformation in the age of digital revolution". The launch of the report will take place on September 24 at NASK.

A sudden increase in support for Ziobro at the Facebook poll

After two hours from publication of the poll by Rzeczpospolita, in which the media asked the internet users if Minister Zbigniew Ziobro should resign, the results change by 180 degrees.

Anti-Bots and Trolls Shield explained

Have a look at the films prepared by Dobromir Ciaś where he speaks about digital threats and explains the main idea of ABTShield initiative and how it works.

Digital Ad Fraud: Bots Invasion

When facts become the subject of a massive attack, not only political parties are at risk, but our entire way of life is at risk.

Poland’s Cybersecurity Strategy for 2019-24

The strategy will replace the National Policy Framework of Cybersecurity of the Republic of Poland for 2017-2022.

6000+ disinformation cases debunked

More than 6000 pro-Kremlin disinformation cases debunked by the EUvsDisinfo.

Germany fines Facebook €2M for violating hate speech law

Germany has fined U.S. tech giant Facebook for violating the country's law to combat hate speech online.

Paris-based AI-powered photography platform Meero raises $230 million

French professional photography platform Meero has landed $230 million in a funding round from Eurazeo, Prime Ventures, Avenir Growth, Global Founders Capital, Aglaé Ventures, Alven, White Star Capital, and Idinvest. This round comes less than a year after the startup’s previous $45 million capital injection and brings the total amount raised by the company to some $300 million.

Facial recognition co AnyVision raises $31m

The Israeli computer vision company has developed core software solutions that make all cameras smart.

Blue Prism acquires UK’s Thoughtonomy for up to $100M to expand its RPA platform with more AI

Robotic process automation — which lets organizations shift repetitive back-office tasks to machines to complete — has been a hot area of growth in the world of enterprise IT, and now one of the companies that’s making waves in the area has acquired a smaller startup to continue extending its capabilities.

Agora’s internet services with protection against bots and online trolls

The Gazeta.pl portal team has connected to ABTShield, created by Edge NPD, on all their websites. This solution uses artificial intelligence, which allows you to limit the dissemination of misleading information, as well as the negative impact of bots and trolls on the experience of readers and the effectiveness of advertising campaigns. Soon the solution will also be implemented by Wyborcza.pl.

Technology Top AI researchers race to detect ‘deepfake’ videos: ‘We are outgunned’

Top artificial-intelligence researchers across the USA are racing to defuse an extraordinary political weapon: computer-generated fake videos that could undermine candidates and mislead voters during the 2020 presidential campaign.

Bogus Brexit murder plot and other lies

The study examining the disinformation created online by Russian accounts

NATO-Skeptic Online Personas Target Fringe Media Sites

Five anti-NATO “expert” personas coordinated to amplify their opinion pieces on fringe media outlets

Russian TV Ties Biden to Its Saakashvili Organ Trade Conspiracy Theory

Kremlin-controlled TV channel NTV accuses Joe Biden of covering up the Saakashvili family’s “role” in the global human organ trade

UK-based data privacy startup Privitar raises $40 million

London-based data privacy software startup Privitar has secured a funding round of $40 million led by Accel, with participation from existing investors Partech, Salesforce Ventures, 24Haymarket, and IQ Capital. Seth Pierrepont, partner at Accel, will join Privitar’s board of directors.

Russian sources wanted to suppress the attendance

Malicious sources are still using new tactics, but the goal is the same: undermining confidence in democratic processes.

Russian groups targeted EU election with fake news

United Arab Emirates doesn’t Hack Dissidents nor Journalists

But news reports continue to suggest that ex-NSA hackers are helping the country hack and surveil its citizens.

Twitter removes thousands of accounts linked to Iran government

Nearly 4,800 accounts were taken down by microblogging platform to prevent election interference and misinformation

Not all bots are bad

Bots are continuing to evolve, becoming more human like and more difficult to combat. Sophisticated bad bots can load JavaScript and external assets, spoof IP addresses, tamper with cookies, and more.

50 Most Creative in Business 2019

Dobromir Ciaś is among the winners of the 50 Most Creative in Business 2019 Brief magazine ranking.

Russian Information Warfare in Central and Eastern Europe

Strategies, Impact, and Counter-Measures analysed by Michal Bokša, GMF US

Cheq report: Cost of global ad fraud could top $30bn

Global ad fraud is predicted to cost an unprecedented $23bn this year and could reach $30bn including indirect economic and social costs, according to the report ‘The Economic Cost of Bad Actors on the Internet, Ad Fraud 2019,” by cybersecurity company Cheq.

Cybersecurity driven by fear

As cyberattacks and hacking incidents increase in frequency and scope, it's important that organisations and governments don't revert to a fear-based approach to cybersecurity: it won't help users and it doesn't help to prevent attacks.

Twitterbots: Anatomy of a Propaganda Campaign

Internet Research Agency archive reveals a vast, coordinated campaign that was incredibly successful at pushing out and amplifying its messages.

Real News About Fake News

It’s not just making people believe false things—a new study suggests it’s also making them less likely to consume or accept information.

Conference in Prague: How Chinese use AI in advertising

In September, conference WebExpo bring to Prague a total of 70 speakers who will address topics for developers, designers, IT managers, marketers and startup experts.

Is AI fundamental to the future of cybersecurity?

While a significant proportion of SMEs believe in their current approach to security, they are struggling when it comes to allocation of budget, according to a Senseon research project.

AI beats pharma?

Cambridge neurotech startup BIOS is on a mission to replace pills with algorithms.

Facebook Removes Iran-based Assets

The pages spread pro-Iran messaging and targeted U.S., British, and Saudi politics

How do the bots deceive us?

Every day we are subjected to thousands of bots on the Internet - information on social media, advertisements on the pages of our favorite portals. It is not surprising that in this information crowd, our mind goes to the easy way. The people who use our weakness to mislead us are perfectly aware of it, profiting from it - whether financial or political.

OKO.press overthrow the network myths about the EP elections in Poland

Analysing the political party campaigns on Facebook in Poland, European Coalition fought for the young, PiS defended the Poles against the external evil, the Confederation frightened foreign claims.

Disinformation is not about simple lies

It is about multiplying lies on an industrial scale so that they eventually seem true. That is why it is dangerous for democracy and the free economy.

Man vs. Machine: AI bots domination

The artificial intelligence of DeepMind not only beats people in chess, but now dominates for the first time in team games.

Finland is winning the war on fake news: crucial findings for Western democracy

5 Actions P&G is Taking to Improve the Media Supply Chain

The next great revolution in using technology to make people’s lives better is underway, but along with this are potential pitfalls that can’t be ignored: data misuse and privacy breaches, transparency lapses, fraud, brand safety and more.

Partypoker Identifies And Closes Another 91 Bot Accounts

Partypoker has published the second update in what it promises will be a series of monthly updates regarding “bot” (automated-playing) accounts playing on party sites, which after being identified are closed, with the related account balances seized and redistributed to affected players.

Far-right Facebook groups ‘spreading hate to millions in Europe’

A web of far-right Facebook accounts spreading fake news and hate speech to millions of people across Europe has been uncovered by the campaign group Avaaz.

Hacking Carrots fighting fake news

Disinformation is considered to be one of the most dangerous phenomena on the Internet today, but at the same time one of the most interesting challenges for the IT world.

Russian bots ruin the children’s talent show The Voice Kids

Recently, a lot has been said about the impact of new technologies on the possibilities of setting political choices or cybercrime aimed at specific countries. In Russia, however, there was a precedent case in which bots influenced the result of voting in ... children's talent competition The Voice Kids. This is an insulting thing that a non-accidental person won.

Misinformation is getting worse

'Machines that speak and write will make misinformation worse', says Amy Stapleton at Harvard Business Review.

New Report: from NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence

Hybrid Threats: A Strategic Communications Perspective

NASK research: more than half of Poles encounter manipulation and disinformation on the Internet

Over half of Polish Internet users admit that in recent months they have encountered manipulation or disinformation, and 35% Poles with falsified information in the network meet once a week or more often. At the same time as much as 19 percent directly claims that it does not check the credibility of internet information or its sources - according to new research, conducted by NASK's Social Research Laboratory.

Facebook’s newest ‘fact checkers’ are Koch-funded climate deniers

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg keeps dashing any hope that the world’s largest social media platform might be a positive force in the fight against catastrophic climate change.

New campaign: Diagnosing the Internet

The Internet is suffering from a very serious illness. Although we know the condition is serious, we don’t know how advanced the disease is nor the scale of damage that has already been done and which could, at any time, wreak havoc on our lives.

E-threats for the elections in 2019

On April 25, 2019, the conference "E-threats for the elections in 2019" was held at the Collegium Civitas, organized by the Institute of Information Analysis of Collegium Civitas and the Center for Terrorism Studies of Collegium Civitas in cooperation with the InEuropa Institute and #ABTShield.

Bots and anti-bots. How to avoid the theft of online advertisements?

On April 17, ABTShield has organised a meeting on disinformation in advertising. How bots steal advertising budgets and what to do so that they do not destroy confidence in the industry.

Facebook announces a new collaborative strategy to combat misinformation

On 10 April, Facebook announced the next phase of collaborative efforts to combat misinformation. After taking down 700 assets in India involved in false amplification of partisan content a week earlier the company steps up the effort to involve more help from outside.

ACTA 2: the pyramid of lies

After the recent political storm in Poland caused by voting on the Copyright Directive in the European Parliament, the coalition of frightened Internet users, right-wing politicians and international technology tycoons have started to build together a pyramid of lies, as explained in an opinion for Wirtualna Polska.

Fear from disinformation ahead European Parliamentary elections – launch of a report

Earlier this week Dobromir Ciaś, our CEO spoke on the significance of disinformation ahead of European Parliamentary elections at an event in Warsaw. The meeting gathered representatives of the diplomatic core (among others Ambassadors of Ireland, Korea), expert think tank community and journalists.

Australia to jail social media for hate speech

In an unprecedented move, Australia plans to introduce a legislation that would have jail time and hefty fines for hate speech online.

Giant ad fraud scheme drained Android users’ batteries and data

As of this week, reports have been surfacing showing that every average smartphone may be exposed to a giant ad fraud scheme.

Digital ad fraud report

Our team stumbled upon a new country-specific report claiming that India is now responsible for 8.7% of the world’s digital ad frauds (estimated by the report at USD18.74 billion).

EU task force recommends our report

The European External Action Service East Stratcom Task Force fighting disinformation has recommended the ABTShiled report on trolls.

Input to a transatlantic debate on moderating online content

On 4 March 2019 ABTShield has been featured during a seminar and a public debate on Moderating Online Content and Preserving Freedom of Expression: A Transatlantic Approach. Both events were organised by the German Marshall Fund of the U.S. and the Visegrad Insight – one of ABTShield partners.

ABTShield input to a seminar on Strategic Communication in Poland

On 27 February 2019 we met at a roundtable organised by Pulaski Foundation think tank in Warsaw to discuss challenges to strategic communication in Poland. Members of the panel involved representatives of government, military academy, think tanks and civil society. Poland is currently developing this competence in an effort to combat disinformation.

Our new report on robotrolling now available

A new report by ABTShield explains behavioural characteristics of bots used in artificially amplified internet traffic.

ABTShield presentation in European Parliament

On 29 January 2019 ABTShield has been invited to the EURONEST PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY joint meeting of the Committee on Political Affairs, Human Rights and Democracy Committee on Energy Security.