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DisinfoDocket 4 October

DisinfoDocket curates influence operations-related academic research, news, events and job opportunities.
DisinfoDocket 4 October
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Good morning! Below the paywall this morning -
* '2000 Mules,' a key piece of election misinformation, has its day in court
* 80 organisations call on the European Parliament to protect journalists and ban spyware
* Russian information manipulation efforts in Sub-Saharan Africa...


  1. As Pakistan approaches a crucial election, its media watchdog bans critical voices from TV (Reuters Institute, 3 October)
  2. The dangerous myths sold by the conspiritualists (Coda Story, 3 September)
  3. 15 minute cities: How they got caught in conspiracy theories (BBC, 3 October)
  4. Too Much Misinformation? The Issue Is Demand, Not Supply - We should worry less about AI-generated lies and more about the humans seeking them out (Bloomberg, 3 October)
  5. Iranian American lawmaker in WA says disinformation led to death threat (The Seattle Times, 2 October)

1. Academia & Research

  1. Social media fatigue and narcissism linked to believing and sharing misinformation, finds 8-country study (Phys.org, 2 October)
  2. National narcissism in politics and public understanding of science (Nature.com, 2 October)

2. Platforms & Technology

  1. AI-generated misinformation: 3 teachable skills to help address it (The Conversation, 3 October)
  2. Court to weigh state laws constraining social media companies (Reuters, 29 September)
  3. National Security Agency is starting an artificial intelligence security center (AP News, 28 September)
  4. How Big Tech is co-opting the rising stars of artificial intelligence (The Washington Post, 2 October)

X (formerly known as Twitter)

  1. Voice to Parliament referendum 'prime target' for foreign interference on Elon Musk's X, former executive warns (ABC, 29 September)
  2. Yaccarino defends X over hate speech rise accusations (Axios, 27 September)


  1. North Korean hackers posed as Meta recruiter on LinkedIn (CyberScoop, 29 September)
  2. Meta's new AI assistant trained on public Facebook and Instagram posts (Reuters, 28 September)


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