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The Capitol building at sunset in Washington The Capitol building at sunset in Washington, Jan. 24, 2019 (AP photo by J. Scott Applewhite).

How Prepared Is the U.S. to Deal With Disinformation in the 2020 Election?

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019

Election Day is more than a year away, but foreign interference is already a daily headline, amid the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, who was on the board of a Ukrainian gas company. Many observers see Trump’s actions as an abuse of power and a blatant request for foreign election interference.

But as this all plays out in Washington, undeterred foreign actors are planning more of their own disinformation campaigns on social media ahead of November 2020, again looking to divide the American electorate and undermine trust in the electoral process. From social media to government funding for election security, how prepared—or unprepared—is the United States? ...

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