The Africa Center calls attention to a region and threat that needs more regcognition. Unfortunately, it may take a forcing function to make challenges there a reasonable priority – as is usually the case (I suspect we may see one sooner than people think). Sadly, when a forcing function is required to get people and organizations to move on disinformation it means that the bulk of the damage has already been done.
Disinformation directed at U.S. audiences in languages other than English is a massive problem and our adversaries are years ahead of us in recognizing this vulnerability (or at least acting on it). The damage is already significant and it will grow exponentially if it doesn’t quickly receive more attention.
DHS is mobilizing but it’s impossible to assess how impactful the initiative will be at this stage. It is, at least, something.
Pay close attention to those who scream the loudest in the wake of this announcement. That’s all I’ll say on that subject at the moment.