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Disinfo Docket 11 March

DisinfoDocket curates influence operations-related academic research, news, events and job opportunities.
Disinfo Docket 11 March
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  1. Military Times survey: ‘Alarming’ percentage accept conspiracies (Airforce Times, 5 March)
  2. Trending topics and word salad: Why bother with coherent sentences when random nonsense is just as effective at getting noticed by The Algorithm™? (Conspirator Norteño, 10 March)
  3. Princess of Wales: Kate image withdrawn by four news agencies amid 'manipulation' concerns (BBC, 11 March)

1. Academia & Research

  1. Exploring the Intersection of Information Integrity, Race, and US Elections (Tech Policy Press, 10 March)

2. Platforms & Technology

  1. Women in AI: Claire Leibowicz, AI and media integrity expert at PAI (TechCrunch, 9 March)
  2. The women in AI making a difference (TechCrunch, 10 March)
  3. Warning over use in UK of unregulated AI chatbots to create social care plans (Guardian, 10 March)
  4. The pitfalls of impression-based tech policy analysis (The Hill, 10 March)
  5. Silicon Valley is pricing academics out of AI research (Washington Post, 10 March)


  1. Instagram’s Pedophile Problem: Pedophiles are flooding the accounts of child influencers on Instagram. Who is to blame — and who can make them stop? (Slate, 10 March)
  2. Meta Details WhatsApp and Messenger Interoperability to Comply with EU's DMA Regulations (Hacker News, 8 March)


  1. Biden says he’d sign bill that could ban TikTok if Congress passes it (Washington Post, 8 March)
  2. Why Countries Are Trying to Ban TikTok (NYT, 8 March)
  3. What’s going on with the new bill that could ban TikTok? (TechCrunch, 9 March)
  4. Why the political clock is ticking for TikTok (Silver Bulletin, 8 March)

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