Cyberwarfare report: Australia’s democracy faces existential threat from ‘mass influence’ of foreign powers and social media

Australia is facing an “existential threat” to its democratic institutions from “mass influence” actors including Russia, Cambridge Analytica and Facebook, research for the department of defence has found.

Commercial operations and foreign government agencies are collecting data to manipulate populations, spreading disinformation and propaganda, and in the worst cases, converting online activity into violence.

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