EU vote faces new covert digital threats: report

EU vote faces new covert digital threats: report
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The Institute for Strategic Dialogue warned that "new actors are taking advantage of the lawlessness of the internet" to sow discord and potential political mayhem, fingering populist parties, far-right cyber militias and religious groups

The Institute for Strategic Dialogue warned that "new actors are taking advantage of the lawlessness of the internet" to sow discord and potential political mayhem, fingering populist parties, far-right cyber militias and religious groups (AFP Photo/Philippe HUGUEN)

Paris (AFP) - New players are exploiting internet lawlessness to disrupt democracy at this week's European elections, says a new report that points a finger at far-right populists and cyber militias.

With the vote running from May 23-26, the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) investigated the role of covert digital propaganda in Britain, France, Germany, Italy Spain and Poland.

"New actors are taking advantage of the lawlessness of the internet, often aligned with hostile states such as Russia, as well as American special interests, but also creating their own, pan-European campaigns," said the report released ..