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DisinfoDocket 12 October

DisinfoDocket curates influence operations-related academic research, news, events and job opportunities.
DisinfoDocket 12 October
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DisinfoDocket curates influence operations-related academic research, news, events and job opportunities.

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Listen: Everyone’s Interested in Content Moderation (Moderated Content, 11 October)

1. Academia & Research

  1. She Drops: How QAnon Conspiracy Theories Legitimize Coordinated and Targeted Gender Based Violence (ISD, 10 October)
  2. Evaluating Platform Abortion-Related Speech Policies: Were Platforms Prepared for the Post-Dobbs Environment? (ISD, 11 October)
How platforms profited from abortion misinformation in the lead up to the overturning of Roe v. Wade (ISD, 11 October)

2. Platforms & Technology

  1. TikTok Is a Misinformation Minefield. Don't Get Tripped Up (CNET, 10 October)
  2. Protecting People From Malicious Account Compromise Apps (Meta, 7 October)
  3. Skepticism, Confusion, Frustration: Inside Mark Zuckerberg’s Metaverse Struggles (NYT, 9 October)
  4. WhatsApp is now a spammers’ paradise in India (Rest of World, 10 October)
  5. The OSINT revolution: How cyber and physical security teams are leveraging open source intelligence. (CyberWire, 10 October)
  6. Spotting Frankensteins: Why humans beat AI at detecting freakish fakes (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 11 October)
  7. Kanye’s antisemitic tweet could be a preview of social media’s future (Washington Post, 10 October)
  8. Twitter reviews policies around permanent user bans (Gadgets Now, 12 October)
  9. A third of children have adult social media accounts - Ofcom (BBC, 11 October)

3. Russia & Ukraine

  1. EUvsDisinfo website blocked in Russia (EUvsDisinfo, 10 October)
  2. ‘Fifth domain of war’ becomes more frequent (Australian, 11 October)
  3. Putin is resurrecting one of Stalin’s tactics in Ukraine (Washington Post, 11 October)
  4. Russia's financial monitoring agency adds Meta to 'extremists' list -agencies (Reuters, 11 October)
  5. U.S. States That Wish to Join Russia Will Be Considered, Says Duma Member (Newsweek, 10 October)

4. Asia & Australasia

  1. Taiwan’s president calls for unity against Chinese disinformation before elections (Guardian, 10 October)
  2. If BJP's Amit Malviya Reports Your Post, Instagram Will Take it Down – No Questions Asked (The Wire, 10 October)
  3. Fear driving China's tech manipulation poses threat to all - UK spy chief (Reuters, 10 October)
  4. How Chinese citizens use puns to get past internet censors (Rest of World, 11 October)
  5. ‘Grey zone’ warfare exposes Western weaknesses, including in Australia (Sydney Morning Herald, 11 October)

5. Middle East & Africa

  1. African Fact Checking Incubator will help accelerate indigenous language fact-checkers in Francophone Africa (Code for Africa, 4 October)

6. Americas & Europe

  1. Challenges of disinformation and propaganda at focus of 8th annual Media Development Forum organized by OSCE Presence in Albania (OSCE, 11 October)

7. Elections & Democracy

  1. NSA, CISA chiefs warn of foreign disinformation threat ahead of midterms (Recorded Future, 11 October)

8. Science & Health

  1. COVID misinfo is the biggest challenge for Twitter’s Birdwatch program, data shows (The Verge, 10 October)

9. Tools, Legislation & Countermeasures

  1. Debate Over Content Moderation Heads to the Supreme Court (Tech Policy Press, 9 October)
  2. Why passing laws to curb online disinformation is so difficult, according to tech and legal experts (CBC, 10 October)
  3. Disinformation is a growing crisis. Governments, business and individuals can help stem the tide (World Economic Forum, 11 October)

10. Extremism, Violence & Harassment

  1. Somali government plans shutdown on ‘Al-Shabaab propaganda’ amid counteroffensive (New Arab, 9 October)

11. Events

  1. Truth & Trust Online (12-14 October)
  2. Designing Responsible AI Technologies to Curb Disinformation (University of Texas at Austin, 26 October)

12. Opportunities

  1. Director of Operations (Hacks/Hackers)
  2. Postdoctoral Fellow (Social Science Research Council)