To turn the tables on Russian mis- and disinformation, we need to start with Silicon Valley


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Andrew MacDougall is a director at Trafalgar Strategy and a former director of communications to Stephen Harper. One evening in 1987, Dan Rather of CBS News reported that an increasing number of people around the world believed the AIDS virus had been engineered by American scientists at a military facility in Fort Detrick, Md. The story prompted fury from the White House, and for good reason: It was part of a Russian “active measures” campaign to discredit the United States. The story was disinformation. Operation Denver, as it became known, is the most famous example of how the KGB seeded...