Tyrants on Twitter

TUE, SEP 6, 2022 (1:06:28)

TYRANTS ON TWITTER, a new book by national security expert David Sloss, details how by investing heavily in global media and information technology systems, Russia and China are undermining democracy.

Sloss provides a careful analysis of how Chinese and Russian agents weaponize Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media platforms for the sole purpose of subverting the liberal international order, both in America and Europe. In this forum, we’ll examine questions about the 2016 US election and also explore Russia’s use of foreign infiltration to meddle with Western democratic elections.

What can be done to mitigate the damage?

David L. Sloss is an educator, author, and national security expert. His latest book, Tyrants on Twitter: Protecting Democracies from Information Warfare focuses on Russian and Chinese information warfare. Sloss is currently Professor of Law at Santa Clara University. Before entering academia, in 2008, he spent nine years in the federal government, working on U.S.-Soviet arms control negotiations and nuclear proliferation issues.

Sloss will be joined in the discussion by John Feffer, director of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies.

Resources

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Tyrants on Twitter

A short op-ed piece related to the book

John Feffer on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

John Feffer on Ukraine, Russia and Food Politics

+ BIO: David L. Sloss

David L. Sloss is a distinguished educator, author, and national security expert. His latest book, “Tyrants on Twitter: Protecting Democracies from Information Warfare” focuses on Russian and Chinese information warfare.

Sloss is currently John A. and Elizabeth H. Sutro Professor of Law at Santa Clara University. Before entering academia, in 2008, he spent nine years in the federal government, working on U.S.-Soviet arms control negotiations and nuclear proliferation issues. He is a graduate of Stanford Law School (J.D. 1996), Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Hampshire College.

+ BIO: John Feffer

JOHN FEFFER, director of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies, is the author of several books and numerous articles; his latest non-fiction book is Right Across the World.

He is also a fiction writer and playwright, and a former associate editor of World Policy Journal. He has worked in international affairs in Eastern Europe and East Asia for the American Friends Service Committee and has studied in England and Russia, lived in Poland and Japan, and traveled widely throughout Europe and Asia.

He taught a graduate level course on international conflict at Sungkonghoe University in Seoul in July 2001 and has delivered lectures at a variety of academic institutions including NYU, Hofstra, Union College, Cornell University, and Sofia University (Tokyo).

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