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DisinfoDocket 16 August

DisinfoDocket curates influence operations-related academic research, news, events and job opportunities.
DisinfoDocket 16 August
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Good morning! Below the paywall this morning -
* Sweden not staying neutral in Russia's information war
* Climate disasters hit, and Spanish-language misinformation spreads
* How to rid Zambian journalism of ‘blalizo’


  1. Hawaii wildfires: 'Directed energy weapon' and other false claims go viral (BBC, 14 August)
  2. YouTube announces new policies to target medical misinformation (The Hill, 15 August)
  3. Biden administration urges Supreme Court to block Texas social media law (The Washington Post, 14 August)
  4. Report warns of mysoginistic incel violence threat (ABC, 11 August)
  5. The Case Against AI Everything, Everywhere, All at Once (TIME, 11 August)
  6. How to respond to disinformation spread on social media (IJNet, 14 August)

1. Academia & Research

  1. During pandemic, proponents of 'doing your own research' believed more COVID misinformation (Phys.org, 15 August)
  2. Communicating Science Across Political Divides (Center for Media Engagement, 4 August)

2. Platforms & Technology

  1. China accuses US of trying to block its development and demands that technology curbs be repealed (AP News, 11 August)
  2. These Women Tried to Warn Us About AI (Rolling Stone, 12 August)
  3. Iraq to unblock Telegram app as platform responded to security requirements -statement (Reuters, 12 August)
  4. White House is fast-tracking executive order on artificial intelligence (CyberScoop, 12 August)
  5. AI Detection Tools Falsely Accuse International Students of Cheating (The Markup, 14 August)


  1. Elon Musk's X is throttling traffic to websites he dislikes (The Washington Post, 15 August)
  2. Alarm at exodus of climate voices on Twitter after Musk takeover (The Guardian, 15 August)



  1. LGBTQ+ people in Ethiopia blame attacks on their community on inciteful and lingering TikTok videos (AP News, 11 August)
  2. TikTok GST fraud hit on Tax Office blows out to $4.6b (Financial Review, 14 August)

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