The Senate Intelligence Committee estimates that the Russian government hired approximately 1000 internet trolls to disrupt the 2016 presidential election.
You may have noticed that many of them appear to be hard at work in comments sections smearing gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer and to an even greater extent, Senator Stabenow.
I am launching GOOD NEWS FOR MICHIGAN to train and support people to combat the effects of trolling in news about Michigan politics. Starting now, we can have an effect on 2018 and I believe that by 2020 we can have 1000 trained volunteers Michigan alone.
The launch event will include an introduction to me, tactics for counteracting trolling, and resilience methods, as well as an opportunity to sign up for continued support in tactics, targets, and resilience, all at no charge.
Please consider sharing this with any person or group you think might be interested.
The presentation will probably wrap up before 3:30, but I wanted to leave time to answer your questions.
In addition, I am willing and able to remain after the question and answer period to help answer questions about improving basic Internet security if you would like some extra support.