Influence projects focused on identifying and characterizing malign foreign influence campaigns. The Influence team’s efforts this year focused on three distinct but related areas of research. This included efforts on developing capabilities to detect social media influence campaigns, this year with a focus on campaigns that crossed multiple social media platforms (Social Media Influence Campaigns) as well as work on understanding and characterizing economic influence campaigns focused on a country's leadership, also known as elite capture (Economic Investment Influence Campaigns). Additionally, the Influence team researched methods to measure the scope and effectiveness of a foreign influence campaign (Effectiveness Measures for Influence Campaigns).
Team Leads: Stephen Shauger, Christine Brugh