Russia’s strategic calculus for hacking Election 2020 involves several factors. FPRI’s Foreign Influence Election 2020 Project discusses the considerations Russia will face in deciding whether to hack or not to hack during the 2020 election cycle.
Last week, FPRI’s Foreign Influence Election 2020 (FIE 2020) Project published its first analysis of Russia’s media mentions of the 2020 Democratic candidates. The FIE 2020 database now includes updates since its first analysis, bringing the total number of articles analyzed to 1,887 since January 1, 2019. This week, FIE 2020 presents an analysis of the Russian media mentions of the GOP candidates for the 2020 election.
The 1,203 mentions of Democratic candidates quickly illustrated the Kremlin’s preferences amongst the Democratic field and, in particular, who they likely don’t want to see inaugurated in January 2021. Here are some highlights from this first round of analysis regarding the Democratic candidates:
The project seeks to protect the 2020 U.S. presidential election from foreign interference by filling gaps in data, knowledge and understanding of how foreign powers seek to degrade American institutions, elected officials, and presidential candidates.