With the recent unprecedented and sophisticated hack of Australia’s major political parties and at the heart of our democracy by undoubtedly a major state actor, we speak with Elizabeth Bodine-Baron of Rand Corporation (U.S.) about the recent Russian influence campaign to disrupt the U.S. presidential election and the pressing issue of foreign interference through media manipulation on national sovereignty.
This episode’s special guest, Dr Elizabeth Bodine-Baron, is an information scientist specializing in complex networks and systems at the RAND Corporation. She is the associate director of the Force Modernization and Employment Program in Project Air Force and co-directs the RAND Center for Applied Network Analysis and System Science. Her research interests include network analysis and modeling for both domestic and national security issues. Her recent work for the United States Air Force includes analysis of cybersecurity, logistics, targeting and intelligence policy. She has used network analysis of social media data to study violent extremist messaging, Russian propaganda, ISIS support and opposition networks, and information operations. Bodine-Baron received a B.S. in electrical engineering and a B.A. in liberal arts (Plan II Honors) from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from California Institute of Technology in 2012.