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DisinfoDocket 5 July

DisinfoDocket curates influence operations-related academic research, news, events and job opportunities.
DisinfoDocket 5 July
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Good morning! Below the paywall this morning -
* Hong Kong pro-democracy radio closes in face of "dangerous" pressure
* UK regulator sued for not investigating Covid vaccine ‘misinformation’
* The self-inflicted voting machine misinformation crisis looming over 2024


  1. China accuses UK of harbouring Hong Kong ‘fugitives’ (The Times, 4 July)
  2. Cracking Down on Dissent, Russia Seeds a Surveillance Supply Chain (The New York Times, 3 July)
  3. Meta to launch its Twitter clone Thursday as Elon Musk’s platform drives away users with new limits and tech issues (Fortune, 4 July)
  4. Truth Social SPAC agrees to SEC settlement as Trump’s past comments on indictment resurface (The Independent, 5 July)
  5. Judge blocks U.S. officials from tech contacts in First Amendment case (The Washington Post, 4 July)
  6. Chechnya Milashina attack: Armed thugs beat up Russian journalist and lawyer (BBC, 4 July)
  7. The misinformation trap: the business of misleading migrants (Politifact, 3 July)

1. Academia & Research

  1. Chinese Threat Actors Targeting Europe in SmugX Campaign (Check Point, 3 July)
  2. Why do rational people believe lies online? Research explains how misinformation spreads (Phys.org, 3 July)
  3. The Mainstream Publishers, Distributors and Bookshops Selling Satanist Neo-Nazi Books (Bellingcat, 30 June)
  4. What policy makers need to know about artificial intelligence (Atlantic Council, 29 June)

2. Platforms & Technology

  1. Chinese tech entrepreneur says large language models should be ‘kept in a cage’ during initial adoption (South China Morning Post, 3 July)
  2. Uncensored Chatbots Provoke a Fracas Over Free Speech (The New York Times, 2 July)
  3. Panic about overhyped AI risk could lead to the wrong kind of regulation (Vox, 3 July)
LISTEN - Your Guides Through the Hellscape of AI Hype (Tech Policy Press, 2 July)


  1. Karnataka High Court's Twitter verdict sparks debate on free speech (BBC, 3 July)
  2. A viral left-wing Twitter account may have been fake all along (The Washington Post, 4 July)
  3. Twitter’s ‘new’ Tweetdeck lives behind a verified paywall (The Verge, 3 July)


  1. Why Meta Is Launching Twitter Rival Threads (Bloomberg, 4 July)


  1. Fact check: Do I suffer from ADHD? What are ADHD symptoms? Why TikTok trends and influencers are cashing in on misinformation (The Scotsman, 4 July)
  2. TikTok Media Are Gaining Subscribers From French Riots (Bloomberg, 3 July)
  3. TikTok ‘failing to act’ as Andrew Tate videos still seen by children as young as 13 (The Independent, 2 July)

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