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FIMI: foreign interference and information manipulation

Exec. Summary (15.06.24): Russia deliberately flooding newsrooms with fake content to overwhelm fact-checkers, 90 pp study says:"Operation Overload" by Finnish software and methodologies company Check First, which published the report [v.1.1/05.06.24]. The ongoing scheme involves anonymous pro-Russian actors who contact journalists in a co-ordinated campaign to have them verify suspected fake news. The ploy relies on the simple principle that "all publicity is good publicity". For example, the sender of one email cited in the report poses as a concerned citizen who has supposedly seen suspicious claims in Russian media and asks journalists to take a look.
Acknowledgments: EU DisinfoLab, IDLab-MEDIA, COM-PRESS, Antibot4Navalny, AFP
Elevator Pitch (14.06.24): EU Policy. Mistral AI warns of lack of data centres and training capacity in Europe

"We are reaching the capacity; we need to build datacentres and ensure there is enough electricity for the scale of [computer programming] development today. There is a huge amount of work to be done," Audrey Herblin-Stoop, Head of Public Affairs at Mistral AI said at a conference organised by the European Court of Auditors (ECA). Mistral AI, which was founded a year ago, used supercomputer facilities opened by the European Commission to train [test] its models.

"The access to infrastructure is important, if you don't have this, you cannot build large language models. We could train the first ones on EU supercomputer Leonardo. We were lucky enough not being blocked access to computing, but this will come for other companies. The volumes [EUR/Tb] that are needed for [computer programming] are incredible," she added.

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by Cat on Sat Jun 15th, 2024 at 07:10:14 PM EST
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