New report: Influence in the Swedish election

New report: Influence in the Swedish election

Mundus Weekly

A newly published report by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) presents the findings of a project that investigated foreign attempts to influence the Swedish elections online. The project – financed by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (press release) – revealed the relative isolation of the Swedish far-right online, with few internationally coordinated efforts identified in the Swedish election information ecosystem. However, propaganda efforts focused on smearing Sweden or presenting it as a country in demise were persistent and widespread in the run-up to the September election and its aftermath. Amplification tactics were observed, but there was no evidence that they were coordinated or internationally managed. Download the report here (in English).

Separately, a seminar on 7 November at the Swedish Defence University will discuss the increase of election related influence operations, with a specific focus on the Swedish election.