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Disinfo Docket 22 January

DisinfoDocket curates influence operations-related academic research, news, events and job opportunities.
Disinfo Docket 22 January
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  1. How to Defend Independent Technology Research from Corporate and Political Opposition (Tech Policy Press, 21 January)
  2. Not Helpless, Not Silenced: What to Do if You Are Experiencing or Witnessing Online Abuse (Ms, 19 January)
  3. Rape Threats, Misogynist Slurs, Sexual Harassment and Doxing: How Online Abuse Is Used to Intimidate, Discredit and Silence (Ms. 18 January)

1. Academia & Research

  1. Blue checks, ads, and crypto spam: Verified accounts on social media platform X are running paid ads for cryptocurrency/NFT projects of dubious legitimacy (Conspirator Norteño, 21 January)

2. Platforms & Technology

  1. OpenAI hires crisis managers to tackle election interference (Times, 19 January)
  2. What happens when you think AI is lying about you? (BBC, 19 January)
  3. AI is producing ‘fake’ Indigenous art trained on real artists’ work without permission (Crikey, 19 January)
  4. Nightshade, the free tool that ‘poisons’ AI models, is now available for artists to use (Venture Beat, 19 January)
  5. Call for action on deepfakes as fears grow among MPs over election threat (Guardian, 21 January)
  6. OpenAI suspends bot developer for presidential hopeful Dean Phillips (Washington Post, 20 January)
  7. Google Search Really Has Gotten Worse, Researchers Find (404, 16 January)
  8. Google Is Tracking You Even In Incognito Mode, New Disclaimer Is Up (ABP, 21 January)
  9. Cryptographers Just Got Closer to Enabling Fully Private Internet Searches (Wired, 21 January)


  1. Bluesky 2023 Moderation Report (BlueSky, 16 January)


  1. Meta’s content moderator subcontractor model faces legal squeeze in Spain (Tech Crunch, 19 January)
  2. Meta won't remove fake Instagram profiles that are clearly catfishing (Bleeping Computer, 20 January)
  3. On AI, Progress and Vigilance Can Go Hand in Hand (Meta, 19 January)
  4. Emails that show what Meta really thought about Molly Russell (Times, 21 January)

3. Russia & Ukraine

  1. Russian parliament to challenge French assembly over 'French mercenaries' in Ukraine (Reuters, 19 January)
  2. Pro-Kremlin groups twist EU lawmakers’ words to ‘pollute’ politics, memo warns (Politico, 19 January)
  3. Telegram and WhatsApp down amid protests in remote Russian region (The Record, 19 January)

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