Emerson T. Brooking, a fellow at the Atlantic Council, will lead a discussion on how Russian disinformation activities have developed since the 2016 election, what role they might play in the current election, and the role of social media in these issues. He will also discuss contemporary cyberwarfare in general. He is an expert in disinformation and cyberwarfare and the co-author, with P.W. Singer, of the book LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media.
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Emerson T. Brooking is a resident fellow at the Digital Forensic Research Lab of the Atlantic Council and coauthor of LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media. Most recently, he was research fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations—the youngest researcher in a generation to receive such an appointment. Brooking has spoken regularly on the topic of information warfare and political manipulation, advising multiple U.S. technology companies and national security entities. He has appeared widely in broadcast media, including NPR’s “Fresh Air,” and his work has been published in Foreign Affairs, WIRED, and Rolling Stone, among others. Brooking was recently named to the Forbes “30 Under 30.” He holds a BA in Political Science and Classical Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.
The American Foreign and Military Policy research cluster is an initiative of the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at The Ohio State University. The cluster focuses on the study of US foreign relations, US defense policy, and international relations, diplomacy, and war as they affect US foreign policy and military affairs in contemporary and historical contexts. The cluster examines these elements of power from both American and foreign viewpoints in order to understand both the domestic drivers of policy and the impact of other nations on it. The cluster examines foreign and military affairs holistically, along with all elements of power – diplomatic, economic, military, informational, financial, intelligence, cultural, and legal – that have an impact on them.