Releasing slides from the 2-day CogSec course

The DISARM Foundation runs cognitive security training courses. I’ve just attended one as an observer, and can a) say that Stephen Campbell is an excellent teacher on how to use the DISARM frameworks and set up disinformation responses, and b) there are folks out there who can probably benefit from our earlier courses on cognitive security basics.

So here’s the outline and slideset from the 2-day course we gave at CanSecWest.

Course plan and links

The course has 10 main components across 2 days of teaching and exercises, with focus on 4 capabilities:

It also has practical work on an example project of the students’ own choosing, with outputs:

  • day 1: landscape assessment, report outline, and toolset
  • day 2: influence, narrative, and behaviour tags, and control suggestions

Learning objectives

  • Elaborate how information security and cognitive security interact
  • Evaluate persuasive technology at different scales
  • Evaluate influence operation mechanisms and tracking techniques
  • Use tools to investigate account and network-level coordinated inauthentic activities
  • Understand ethical behaviour around misinformation and disinformation response and research

Exercise Resources: Games

Exercise Resources: Landscape Building

Information landscape

Response landscape

Harms landscape


Good places to look for countries

Exercise Resources: Tools

Using these:

Installing these:

Exercise Resources: Analysis

Tagged datasets:

Exercise resources: gotchas

Gephi issue: “Data laboratory” tab is blank. Get round this by going to the very top menu, window -> data table



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