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DisinfoDocket 19 April

DisinfoDocket curates influence operations-related academic research, news, events and job opportunities.
DisinfoDocket 19 April
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  1. Join Bellingcat’s April 2023 Hackathon and Increase the Accessibility of Open Source Tools (Bellingcat, 21-23 April)
  2. AI’s main threat is disinformation, warns GCHQ chief (Times, 19 April)
  3. ‘Dominion wins but the public loses’: Fox settlement avoids paying the highest price (Guardian, 19 April)

1. Academia & Research

  1. Correcting COVID-19 vaccine misinformation in 10 countries (Royal Society, 15 March)
  2. The Challenges of Conducting Open Source Research on China (Bellingcat, 18 April)
  3. Potentially hijacked Twitter accounts promote Sudanese paramilitary force (DFRLab, 18 April)
  4. Echo chamber effects on short video platforms (Nature, 18 April)
  5. As the case against Fox News goes to trial, a similar outlet in Brazil is in legal trouble (Reuters Institute, 18 April)
  6. I'm sorry, this spam network cannot generate inappropriate or offensive content: The presence of ChatGPT error messages in the tweets of a network of spammy Twitter accounts is a potential sign of the presence of AI-generated text (Conspirator Norteño, 18 April)

2. Platforms & Technology

  1. In letter to EU, open source bodies say Cyber Resilience Act could have ‘chilling effect’ on software development (Tech Crunch, 18 April)
  2. WhatsApp and other encrypted messaging apps unite against law plan (BBC, 18 April)
  3. Thousands fled to Mastodon after Musk bought Twitter. Are they still ‘tooting’? (Guardian, 18 April)
  4. A Chart of Twitter Alternatives, From Mastodon to Spill (The Information, 18 April)
  5. The social costs of not sharing fake news: Not engaging with fake news online has its social costs; individuals are therefore forced to choose between spreading misinformation and social exclusion (Forbes, 18 April)
  6. AI Propaganda Will Be Effective and Easily Accessible (Tech Policy Press, 12 April)
  7. Nation-state actors are taking advantage of weak passwords to go after cloud customers, Google says (CyberScoop, 13 April)
  8. Amazon’s Twitch Safety, AI Ethics Job Cuts Raise Concerns Among Ex-Workers (Bloomberg, 11 April)
  9. AI has social consequences, but who pays the price? Tech companies’ problem with ‘ethical debt’ (The Conversation, 19 April)
  10. Why tech companies can no longer ignore their role in shaping politics and society (Global Voices, 19 April)

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