Britain: The threat is obvious, the solution less so

A demonstrator with a placard bearing an image of Russia's President Vladimir Putin at an anti-Brexit protest in London. With polls looming in Britain, the authorities are gearing up to tackle foreign meddling. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
A demonstrator with a placard bearing an image of Russia's President Vladimir Putin at an anti-Brexit protest in London. With polls looming in Britain, the authorities are gearing up to tackle foreign meddling.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

With general elections expected by the end of this year, Britain no longer has the time to adopt legislation designed to safeguard against the threat of foreign interference in its electoral process.

But intelligence officials in London remain on high alert, guarding against the possibility that foreign actors may either use social media to spread false information about electoral candidates or parties, or undertake more aggressive campaigns designed to discredit the electoral system altogether.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 07, 2019, with the headline 'The threat is obvious, the solution less so'. Print Edition | Subscribe