While the political uproar continues following former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s statement on Wednesday, little attention is being paid to his most important point: that other nations and other adversaries are trying to impact our voters and our elections.
This influence is nothing new but in the digital age the depth and breadth of this meddling takes on even greater scope.
“Mueller’s warning is spot on, not just for America, (but) for all democratic elections around the globe,” said Theresa Payton, who served as White House Chief Information Officer for President George W. Bush.
In the podcast, Payton explains how these bad actors not only hack and disseminate private information but also target impressionable voters through social media campaigns. Payton also tells us what’s being done to prevent those efforts from succeeding in 2020, how to spot suspicious activity, and what to do about it. And she explains how U.S. foreign policy ought to address the problem.