Cindy Otis
Media Mentions

Election officials feared the worst. Here’s why baseless claims haven’t fueled chaos,” NPR, 14 November 2022.

Misinformation floods the mid-terms, at times urging violence,” Washington Post, 8 November 2022.

US midterms: How to verify information on Election Day,” AFP, 7 November 2022.

Cindy Otis on the disinformation landscape, analyzing content, identifying trustworthy sources, and information communities (Ep34),” Thriving on Overload Podcast, 22 September 2022.

Spotting Fake News Like A CIA Analyst,” The Jordan Harbinger Show, 23 August 2022.

The Chatter Podcast: Spotting Fake News with Cindy Otis,” Lawfare, 28 July 2022.

Connecticut hiring misinformation analyst,” News12, 9 June 2022.

Exclusive: Russian media’s reach in U.S. limited after invasion, DHS document says,” Yahoo, 29 April 2022.

A disinformation expert’s guide on committing online abuse,” NPR On Point, 12 April 2022.

Game of Whac-a-Mole’: why Russian disinformation is still running amok on social media,” The Guardian, 16 March 2022.

Russia’s wild theories about secret bio-labs and ‘crisis actors’ in Ukraine are crafted to appeal to US conspiracists, experts say,” Business Insider, 14 March 2022.

New Facebook tools target misinformation in users’ groups,” Yahoo, 9 March 2022.

These are the platforms that have banned Trump and his allies,” The Washington Post, 13 January 2021.

After pro-Trump riot, experts urge US to tackle domestic disinformation,” CyberScoop, 12 January 2021.

Capitol siege was planned online. Trump supporters now planning the next one.” The Washington Post, 9 January 2021.

As Inauguration Nears, Concerns of More Violence Grows,” NPR, 9 January 2021.

Hardcore Donal Trump supporters call for more inauguration violence on fringe social networks,” Telegraph, 8 January 2021.

Qanon believers spread false claims about COVID-19 vaccine touted by Trump,” Yahoo, 15 December 2020.

Trump’s Election B.S. Is a ‘Goldmine’ to Foreign Clickmongers,” The Daily Beast, 15 December 2020.

Holiday Shopping Tips for the Best National Security Books,” The Cipher Brief, 9 December 2020.

Who needs Russia? Loudest attack on US vote are from Trump,” Associated Press, 20 November 2020.

Fact Checking our Disinformation,” Journalism Under Fire Conference, 18 November 2020.

The mainstreaming of conspiracy theories,” Is That A Fact? Podcast, 11 November 2020.

Tech Tuesday,” WOSU Radio, 10 November 2020.

When It Looks Like News, How to Tell If It’s Not,” The Jefferson Exchange, 10 November 2020.

US election 2020: How a misleading post went from the fringes to Trump’s Twitter account,” BBC, 6 November 2020.

How a Michigan election map with false information went viral and landed in Trump’s Twitter feed,” CNN, 4 November 2020.

Pennsylvania emerges as an online misinformation hot spot,” Associated Press, 3 November 2020.

Vote Watch: Twitter takes down network of spam accounts pushing anti-Biden conspiracy theories,” NBC News, 3 November 2020

Russia Hasn’t Interfered Like Last Time. But the Disinformation Fight Is Just Beginning.” Foreign Policy, 3 November 2020.

How to spot fake news,” BBC, 26 October 2020.

U.S. government concludes Iran was behind threatening emails sent to Democrats,” The Washington Post, 22 October 2020.

WATCH: Experts testify on spread of online misinformation, conspiracy theories ahead of election,” PBS Newshour, 15 October 2020.

‘A royal mess’: Behind Gen Z’s fight with (mis)information overload,” Politico, 11 October 2020.

The Legality of Private Militias,” NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered, 10 October 2020.

This week’s reading: All the fake news you can handle,” Maclean’s, 8 October 2020.

Michigan kidnapping plot, like some many other extremist crimes, foreshadowed on social media,” Washington Post, 8 October 2020.

Qanon, the far-right, and some left-wingers are all spreading conspiracies about Trump’s COVID diagnosis,” Business Insider, 2 October 2020.

Malign Foreign Influence And 2020,” Checks and Balances Podcast, 28 September 2020.

What we know about 2020 election interference: It’s not just the Russia,” PolitiFact, 25 September 2020.

Ozarks Tonight: A book on fake news,” Fox KOLR10, 16 September 2020.

The Role of Political Disinformation in the Race for the White House,” The Takeaway with Amy Walters, WNYC, 4 September 2020.

The Russian Election Hack That Wasn’t. (This Time.),” Foreign Policy Magazine, 2 September 2020.

Twitter to Add Context to Trending Topics,” The New York Times, 1 September 2020.

Author Interview: ‘True or False’,” NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered, 23 August 2020.

Facebook Removes 790 QAnon Groups to Fight Conspiracy Theory,” New York Times, 19 August 2020.

Facebook bans some, but not all, Qanon groups and accounts,” Associated Press, 19 August 2020.

Facebook removes hundreds of QAnon groups, citing public safety risks,” Reuters, 19 August 2020.

Our Q&A With Cindy L. Otis,” Our.News, 18 August 2020.

True or False A CIA Analyst’s Advice on How to Spot Fake News,” Unstructured Podcast, 18 August 2020.

Warning on Russia adds questions about Senate’s Biden probe,” Associated Press, 13 August 2020.

How to Spot Fake News–A Former CIA Analyst’s Advice,” Quick and Dirty Tips, 12 August 2020.

Disinformation for profit: How a Florida ‘dealmaker’ turns conservative outrage into cash,” The Washington Post, 11 August 2020.

Podcast: True or False,” 5 August 2020, Government Vs. The Robots.

How Trump Could Turn the Most Challenging Election Since the Civil War into an Unprecedented Disaster,” Newsweek, 4 August 2020.

Council Post: The Dangerous Art of Social Media and Messaging Manipulation,” Forbes, 3 August 2020.

Former CIA analyst shares “Fake News” tips for journalists,” National Press Club, 30 July 2020.

How a CIA Analyst Spots Fake News,” The Cipher Brief, 28 July 2020.

Memes, the pandemic and the news tactics of information warfare,” C4ISRNet, 24 July 2020.

Top Democrats ask FBI to brief Congress on disinformation threats,” Yahoo News, 20 July 2020.

The Trump campaign relies on a huge network of QAnon accounts to spread conspiracy theories and disinformation, data shows,” Business Insider, 11 July 2020.

Russia bounty flap highlights intel breakdown under Trump,” Politico, 1 July 2020.

Putting the fake news genie back in the bottle,” The Jerusalem Post, 25 June 2020.

How Facebook Groups Became A Launch Pad For Online Misinformation And Hate,” Wisconsin Public Radio, 23 June 2020.

Black Lives Matter unrest in the US makes it easy for Vladimir Putin’s election trolls to spread fake news,” The Sunday Times, 21 June 2020.

A conspiracy Made in America May Have Been Spread by Russia,” New York Times, 15 June 2020.

CIA Agent: US “Behind the Curve” at Tackling Disinformation,” Logically, 12 June 2020.

Facebook reports spike in takedowns of hate speech, terrorism,” Reuters, 12 May 2020.

2020 Political Books for Children,” Publishers Weekly, 1 May 2020.

Technology once used to counter ISIS propaganda is now enlisted by Democratic group to counter Trumps coronavirus messaging,” Washington Post, 1 May 2020.

Far-Right Social Media Helps Stir Protests Over Quarantines,” Bloomberg, 21 April 2020.

For U.S. Spies, The Coronavirus Pandemic Is A New Twist,” Newsy, 15 April 2020.

How to detect fake news on coronavirus,” Deutsche Welle News, 12 April 2020.

COVID-19: China and Russia Disinformation Shenanigans,” Security Boulevard, 6 April 2020.

Fake news, l’ex analista Cia: “Conoscere fonte delle informazioni. Mai accontentarsi,” la Repubblica, 16 March 2020.

How diehard Trump fans transformed their Twitter accounts into bots which spread conspiracies in a vast Russia-style disinformation network,” Business Insider, 9 March 2020.

3 ex-CIA officials tell ‘Post’ about succeeding as women in intelligence,” Jerusalem Post, 8 March 2020.

Report: Russian social accounts sow election discord – again,” Associated Press, 5 March 2020.

Mike Bloomberg tweeted a doctored debate video. Is it political spin or disinformation,” Vox, 20 February 2020.

How a Russian disinfo op got Trump impeached,” Politico, 22 January 2020.

Exespía de la CIA revela cómo no caer en la guerra informativa entre EE.UU. e Irán,” Blu Radio Colombia, 8 January 2020.

“A Digital Flex”: Pro-Iran Instagram Campaign Targeted The Trump Family After Soleimani’s Funeral,” BuzzFeed News, 8 January 2020.

Misinformation about Iran’s missile attack on bases housing US troops in Iraq spread quickly. Here are a few examples.” CNN, 8 January 2020.

Disinformation For Hire: How A New Breed of PR Firms Is Selling Lies Online,” BuzzFeed News, 6 January 2020.

Iran ‘revenge’ could come in the form of cyber-attacks, experts warn,” The Guardian, 4 January 2020.

Bot or not? Mystery over anonymous user retweeted by Trump,” Associated Press, 30 January 2019.

The Technology 202,” Washington Post, 22 November 2019.

A Former Fox News Executive Divides Americans Using Russian Tactics,” The New York Times, 21 November 2019.

Trolls Renew Social Media Attacks on Hong Kong’s Protestors,” Bloomberg, 4 November 2019.

Iranian Hackers Target Trump Campaign As Threats to 2020 Mount,” The New York Times, 4 October 2019.

The Disinformation Dilemma (Part II),” Above The Law, 3 October 2019.

The Disinformation Dilemma (Part I),” Above The Law, 19 September 2019.

Disinformation Attacks Aren’t Just Against Elections,” Decipher, 29 August 2019.

Report: Kill the idea of “killer robots” before they kill us,” Quartz, 8 May 2019.

Counterintelligence Experts Explain Why Mar-a-Lago Is a Security Disaster,” Talking Points Memo, 12 April 2019.

Mastercard wants to help you land a job at the CIA,” Quartz, 9 April 2019.

Why Mar-a-Lago is vulnerable to foreign espionage, according to ex-spies,” Quartz, 3 April 2019.

Donald Trump jeopardizes national security by ignoring intelligence community: Today’s talker,” USA Today, 31 January 2019.

The Cybersecurity 202: This is the Senate Homeland Security Committee’s top cyber priority this year,” The Washington Post, 31 January 2019.

Pompeo-Mattis briefing on Yemen to Senate bombs,” Al-Monitor, 28 November 2018.

What happens when the intelligence community decides that Trump is too dangerous to be president?,” Salon, 16 November 2018.

“It’s Zero-Sum”: The C.I.A May Have Found a Silver Lining in the Khashoggi Debacle,” Vanity Fair, 24 October 2018.

U.N. Brief: Trump Manages to Unite the U.N.–Against His Isolationist Vision,” Foreign Policy, 26 September 2018.

America’s enemies are cheering on the ‘Trump chaos’ described in the Woodward book and NYT op-ed: ex-CIA agent,” Raw Story, 7 September 2018.

What We’re Seeing Is Putin Testing Trump”: Why the Real Game Is Bigger Than a Former Ambassador,” Vanity Fair, 23 July 2018.

A former CIA analyst tweeted out advice for coping with depressing news. It went viral.,” UpWorthy, 6 July 2018.

Trump Scraps the Iran Deal, Echoes Bad Judgment of Bush,” The Daily Beast, 8 May 2018.

CIA Nominee Gina Haspel Will Face Tough Questions on Torture,” Time, 8 May 2018.

6 Rules for Thinking Like an Analyst to Beat Fake News,” Real Clear Life, 10 April 2018.

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