• Spamouflage

    Albert Zhang     |      January 20, 2024

    The Chinese Communist Party launched a massive campaign to manipulate Taiwanese voters by spreading disinformation and propaganda across social media, and its failure to influence the result should not undermine the threat this poses to democracies around the world.

  • Balancing the risks and rewards of AI

    Albert Zhang     |      November 11, 2023

    The tricky balance between innovation and safety in the realm of artificial intelligence means policymakers, intelligence agencies, industry, civil society and researchers must work together to shape the future.

  • A cacophony of voices

    Albert Zhang     |      October 1, 2023

    Misinformation and disinformation have come to curse the debate around all national issues in recent times, and the Voice Referendum is no exception.

  • The Chinese Cyber Party

    Albert Zhang     |      July 27, 2023

    Chinese harassment of pro-democracy activists in Australia has morphed into a wider campaign to discredit the Australian government and promote appeasement of the Chinese Communist Party among ex-pats and others.

  • A deep dive on China’s spy balloons

    Albert Zhang     |      February 22, 2023

    Beijing’s covert spy balloons are an example of the way the regime uses ostensibly civilian and scientific means to pursue its expansionist military ends.

  • Mapping the disinformation war

    Albert Zhang     |      April 13, 2022

    Aggressive, hostile nations such as Russia, China and Iran maintain huge disinformation campaigns designed to discredit the West and shift global opinion in their favour. A new ASPI website helps track these assaults on truth and democracy in real time.

  • Red herrings and White Tailed Deer

    Albert Zhang     |      February 9, 2022

    China’s dismal Winter Olympics may have backfired as a propaganda exercise, but the Chinese Communist Party is using every avenue to push its agenda on the world stage, including investment in western games and films to spike content and a well funded cultural propaganda campaign.

  • New rules in the spy game

    Albert Zhang     |      November 12, 2021

    Cyberspace is changing spycraft, and national security agencies are being urged to adopt machine learning and open-source data to bolster their analytical capabilities.