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VDL: You Will Be Inoculated!

by Oui Tue Jun 11th, 2024 at 12:42:05 PM EST


A comparison of pre-bunking and debunking interventions for implied versus explicit misinformation

I am a PhD student in the School of Psychological Science at the University of Western Australia, under the supervision of Professor Ullrich Ecker, Dr Tim Kurz, and Dr Mark Hurlstone (now at the University of Lancaster).

My research explores how different types of misinformation affect people's cognition and behaviour (and how they might respond differently to interventions). I also have broad interests in causal inference and computational modelling.

Co-author Mark Hurlstone Lancaster University UK

A comparison of pre-bunking and debunking interventions for implied versus explicit misinformation | NIH publication - Aug 2022 |

From Debunking to "Pre-bunking": EU Opens Up Another New Front in Its War on Information | Naked Capitalism - 31 May 2024 |

"If you think of information as a virus, instead of treating an infection once it has taken hold -- that is, debunking -- it is much better to vaccinate so that the body is inoculated." Welcome to pre-bunking.

On Wednesday (May 28), just over a week before the EU elections commence, European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen unveiled her latest (and hopefully last) censorship initiative: pre-bunking. This approach, she says, is "more successful than debunking" and will allow society to "build up... immunity to misinformation."

Von der Leyen drew heavily on the vernacular of virology and vaccinology to describe her pre-bunking initiative. This, of course, is ironic given her present embroilment in the "Pfizergate" vaccine procurement scandal, which is the subject of not one, but two, criminal investigations. It is also disconcerting to hear one of the most powerful political leaders of the so-called "liberal" West liken information to a virus. As I will show in this article, she is not the only one.

Building "Immunity" Against Misinformation

Like vaccines, pre-bunking intentionally exposes people to a weaker dose of mis- or dis-information (as defined by the Commission, presumably), so that their minds can build up antibodies to resist real fake news stories later down the line. In the words of the concept's creator, Sander van der Linden, "you preemptively try to refute falsehoods or the techniques that are used to dupe people online, so that people can build up cognitive or mental antibodies so that when they come across them in the future they are partly immune."

Sander van der Linden is a Dutch professor of social psychology at the University of Cambridge. His books include Foolproof: Why Misinformation Infects Our Minds and How to Build Immunity and The Psychology of Misinformation. The titles speak for themselves.

Van der Linden's lab is apparently partnered with the UK government, the US State Department, and CISA (Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency), the notorious censorship agency embedded within the Department of Homeland Security. That's according to Mike Benz, a former State Department official who is arguably the top expert on the US censorship industry. CISA has its own subsidiary: the Office of Biometric Identity Management. This gives an idea of how digital censorship will soon be tied up with biometric digital identity.

These institutions are at the leading edge of the collective West's rapidly growing censorship industrial complex. Their role, notes Benz, is primarily, if not exclusively, political ...

"A Vaccine for Brainwash"

Another organisation experimenting with pre-bunking is, perhaps unsurprisingly, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). The organisation's Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence recently published a report co-authored by Van der Linden. Titled "Inoculation Theory and Misinformation," the report discusses ways of "building psychological resilience against misinformation through psychological 'vaccines' or 'inoculation.'"

Look at the timing of this NATO publication ... just ahead of waging the proxy war UA vs Russia.

Biden's Blitzkrieg Across Europe Shames Peace

NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence

Inoculation Theory and Misinformation | 29 Oct 2021 |

The spread of false and misleading information both online and offline poses a threat to the wellbeing of individuals, democratic institutions, and societies around the world. The harmful consequences of the spread of false and/or misleading information can be seen in the proliferation of anti-vax groups on Facebook, lack of confidence in the science of climate change, acts of vandalism committed on the basis of false conspiracy theories about COVID-19, and its influence on the exacerbation of radicalisation and polarisation.

However, a lack of consensus with respect to what constitutes "misinformation" (for example: focusing exclusively on false information is problematic because truth value can be difficult to determine objectively, and misleading and/or hyperpartisan content may significantly outweigh "fake news"), and disagreement about the efficacy of various efforts to mitigate the spread of misinformation through algorithms legislation, or content moderation means that no single intervention is likely to be sufficient. In this report, we explore the role that psychology and behavioral science can play in the mitigation of online misinformation.

To do so, we first discuss how to define "misinformation", and how it relates to various other commonly used terms such as "disinformation" and "fake news". Next, we examine the psychology of correcting misinformation: what happens when someone is exposed to a fact check, and what are the benefits and drawbacks of correcting misinformation once the damage is already done? Finally, we discuss how to build psychological resilience against misinformation through psychological "vaccines" or "inoculation": we look at the theoretical background of inoculation theory (dating back to the 1960s), its modern application within the context of online misinformation (in online games and educational videos), and future prospects and research avenues in the field.

MOFA response to European Commission President von der Leyen's mention of cross-strait peace and stability during speech | 30 March 2023 |

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has taken note that during her speech to the European Policy Centre in Brussels, Belgium, on March 30, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen underscored the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and stated that any weakening of regional stability in Asia, the fastest-growing region in the world, would affect global security, the free flow of trade, and the European Union's interests. President von der Leyen also pointed out that China has been ramping up its military posturing as well as disinformation and economic and trade coercion policies, willfully compelling other countries to comply as when it took retaliatory measures against Lithuania and other European companies in response to Taiwan opening a representative office in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius.

 MOFA thanks the European Union for echoing on multiple occasions the position affirmed at the Group of Seven, United States-Japan, and United Kingdom-France leaders' summits and other important international meetings, drawing attention to the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. MOFA also appreciates that the top EU leader cited Taiwan's opening of an office in Lithuania as an example when criticizing China for leveraging its economic strength to impose economic coercion on other countries.

was not tested by Pfizer laboratories to prevent transmission.
by Cat on Tue Jun 11th, 2024 at 04:47:24 PM EST

Kristallnacht, Germany's "Night of Broken Glass"

Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass, was the Nazi dictatorship's declaration of war against German and Austrian Jews in 1933.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 14th, 2024 at 09:08:50 PM EST
coming to a Media Freedom Act near you!

thehill | DNC to credential social media influencers, 21 June

...Influencers who qualify will get the same level of access and information as traditional media outlets. The DNC's ["]creators["] registration page notes that "Americans continue to consume information and content in new and changing ways." The credentials for those who are selected will give those content creators access to secluded areas during the four-day convention. The DNC says it will also help credentialed creators with any ["]logistical assistance["] to help their coverage....
by Cat on Sat Jun 22nd, 2024 at 02:36:24 AM EST
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by Cat on Mon Jun 17th, 2024 at 02:52:21 PM EST
ft | Global defence groups hiring at fastest rate in decades amid record orders, illustrated fascist democracy shield
A Financial Times survey of the hiring plans of 20 large and medium-sized US and European defence and aerospace companies found they are looking to recruit tens of thousands of people this year.
"Since the end of the cold war, this is the most intense period for the defence sector with the highest increase in order volume in a rather short period of time," said Jan Pie, secretary-general of ASD, the European aerospace and defence trade association. Governments around the world have ramped up military spending since Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine and amid widespread geopolitical tensions. The sudden spike in orders after decades of low volumes, combined with competition for digital skills from technology groups and a labour market still dealing with Covid-era staff shortages, are some of the factors driving the industry-wide hiring spree.
Nammo said it had "never seen a situation like this before". The company, which is part-owned by the Norwegian and Finnish governments, increased its headcount by 15 per cent from 2,700 in 2021 to 3,100 in 2023. It currently employs around 3,250 people and says a "doubling of the company size by the end of 2030 seems reasonable".

Rheinmetall of Germany on Friday said it was looking to hire hundreds of employees from leading car parts manufacturer Continental, which has been suffering from anaemic auto sector demand.

France's Thales, which makes the shoulder-fired Starstreak missile donated to Ukraine from western government stockpiles, said it has recruited 9,000 people—11 per cent of its current workforce of 81,000—in its defence operations over the past three years.

by Cat on Mon Jun 17th, 2024 at 03:00:37 PM EST
by the Digital Service Act, European Media Freedom Act, and AI Act, aftershock.news wryly informs. Behold the image of PUTIN's "Draft Treaty on Permanent Neutrality and Security Guarantees of Ukraine", done at Instanbul, that BoJo-brand disinformation ministries, it is rumored, torched.

All eight (8) pages and three (3) appendices revealed, gratis, to sundry "high-level" leaders of developing nations invited to sundry international forums, hosted by PUTIN'S WAR MACHINE. One day, advanced nations' leading edge machine learning, too, will empower "information space" tourists to read without malign influence text images automatically translated into an "LLM" that won't infect them.

by Cat on Mon Jun 17th, 2024 at 04:12:36 PM EST
cbsnews | "Sofagate": Thousands sign petition for head of European Council to resign after he took chair from female colleague in viral video (13.03.24)
In a letter to Michel, the group of women calls the seat snub an error against democracy, the European Union and women's rights—and they are calling for Michel to resign [again?]. The letter lists the three crucial errors made by Michel when he left von der Leyen standing during the meeting with Erdoğan.
archive new rules will empower the executive, the Pékin power grabber, passport control, Council rejected Michel's resignation
Firstly, the group said, Michel and von der Leyen are on an equal diplomatic level and Erdoğan "set a trap" by offering only one other seat during a three-person meeting.
ChatGPT | Von der Leyen on Sofagate: 'It happened because I am a woman'(26.04.24)
Speaking before lawmakers in the European Parliament, von der Leyen said she "could not find any justification" in the European treaties that explained why she was relegated to a nearby sofa while Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Michel sat in stately chairs.
msn torygraph | Charles Michel seeks to block Ursula von der Leyen from key EU meetings (11.06.24)
It is the latest twist in their bitter rivalry which has overshadowed the pair's five-year tenure at the helm of the European Union. Mr Michel has suggested excluding Mrs von der Leyen, the European Commission chief, from summit discussions between EU leaders and heads of state next week to decide on who should take the bloc's top jobs after the European elections. He said Mrs von der Leyen should not be allowed to attend because she is vying for a second term in office as the centre-Right European People's Party lead candidate in discussions with aides.

ChatGPT | EU leaders fail to agree on von der Leyen's second term , 17 June

"There is no agreement tonight," European Council President Charles Michel told reporters late Monday night after the leaders' dinner.

by Cat on Mon Jun 17th, 2024 at 11:21:37 PM EST
ChatGPT | Round 2! Von der Leyen, Meloni and the battle for Brussels 4 top jobs
"No one is telling us: 'you are fucked,'" an EPP official close to von der Leyen said.
EP president, EUCO president, EC president, VP EEAS, NEW! VP COO, NEW! EC Defense
Officials stressed the chances of Belloni getting that [EEAS] role seem slim as Meloni appears more interested in an economic portfolio and it is important that someone from the eastern part of the bloc gets one of the EU's top jobs.
DG-Competition chief economist, DG-Internal Market chief economist, EC Enlargement
If EU leaders approve the top jobs package next week and the European Parliament backs von der Leyen in mid-July, the new European Commission is set to be installed around November 1.
archive you know, NATO's enlargement, Prepare for a July SURGE!, Europe COMISH 2019 30 Sep-8 Nov, 2 July VDL?, 8 Nov Timmermans?

Where is Baerbock? 'It happened because I am a woman'?

20.06.24. "A high-level thing", regulating big tech hate data
auswaertiges-amt.de | "Shying away isn't going to save us" - Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock in an interview with the Handelsblatt newspaper (31.05.24)
Question: You are considered one of the most China-critical voices in the Federal Government. You once called the Chinese President and Party Head Xi Jinping a dictator. Why? It's surely not going to make the Chinese leadership any easier to deal with.
Baerbock: You need a range of registers for good diplomacy—to be able to act quietly behind closed doors but also not paint too rosy a picture all the time in public. No one takes you seriously otherwise. You need to hear, to listen, but also make yourself heard.
Question: Shows of strength are something you need to be able to afford. The German economy is stagnating so the tough line isn't achieving much.
Europe's gender-balanced psycho-drama report

eige.europa.eu | Gender Statistics Database | Governments and other political executives 2024
by Cat on Fri Jun 21st, 2024 at 10:52:55 PM EST
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ChatGPT inmates running the asylum, 25 June
The six EU leaders negotiating the bloc's top jobs have agreed that Germany's Ursula von der Leyen, Portugal's António Costa, and Estonia's Kaja Kallas should get the most senior positions at the European Commission, European Council and foreign policy service [EEAS], according to five [anonymous] EU officials.

The six negotiators are Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk (for the European People's Party), Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (for the socialists), and French President Emmanuel Macron and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (for the liberals).

The next step will be a meeting of [the European COuncil] in Brussels on Thursday at which the three names will be presented to the [the other 20] heads of state and government for their approval.

Seven more years!
by Cat on Tue Jun 25th, 2024 at 01:04:36 PM EST
ICC adds arrest warrants, 25 June
for retired RF Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu and current chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov to its collection of non-Israeli war criminals.
by Cat on Tue Jun 25th, 2024 at 08:57:31 PM EST

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