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DisinfoDocket - 8 March

DisinfoDocket curates influence operations-related academic research, news, events and job opportunities.
DisinfoDocket - 8 March
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* Twitter outages, Meta data leaks and TikTok efforts to reassure European regulators
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* Pro-Trump bot campaign spreading fake news about rivals
* Online abuse increasingly targets younger girls


  1. The internet is about to get a lot safer: Europe's big tech bill is coming to fruition. Here's what you need to know. (MIT Technology Review, 6 March)
  2. Seeking to undermine democracy and partnerships: How the CCP is influencing the Pacific Islands information environment (ASPI, 7 March)
  3. Disinformation Wars: China, Russia Cooperating On Propaganda More Than Ever, Says Report (Radio Free Europe, 6 March)
  4. We’re seeking nominations for the CIP Award for Impact & Excellence (University of Washington, 1 March)
  5. Geena Davis Institute: How Media Can Demystify Cybersecurity and Uncover New Careers (Craig Newmark, 7 March)
JOB ALERT: Propaganda Research Lab, Center for Media Engagement: Looking for two collaborators to work with them and produce some public writing. This would be a part-time, compensated position. Positions are temporary and last 3 months (UT Austin, remote working)

1. Academia & Research

  1. How will the US counter cyber threats? Our experts mark up the National Cybersecurity Strategy (CEIP, 3 March)
  2. Blue ticks: what evolutionary theory tells us about the turmoil around social media verification (The Conversation, 7 March)
  3. What Washington Gets Wrong About China and Technical Standards (CEIP, 27 February)
  4. Search engine effects on news consumption: Ranking and representativeness outweigh familiarity in news selection (SAGE, 6 March)
  5. Political Relational Influencers: The Mobilization of Social Media Influencers in the Political Arena (IJoC, 2023)
  6. Accuracy and social motivations shape judgements of (mis)information (Nature, 6 March)

2. Platforms & Technology

  1. Is it the End of the Golden Age of Tech Accountability? (Anchor Change, 6 March)
  2. WhatsApp agrees to clean up its user messaging in the EU (Tech Crunch, 6 March)
  3. Women in Tech Are Forever Cast as ‘Adults’ But Rarely as CEO (Washington Post, 6 March)
  4. The tech behind Artifact, the newly launched news aggregator from Instagram’s co-founders (Tech Crunch, 7 March)
  5. Navigating Content Moderation And Filtration In A Rapidly Changing Media Landscape (Forbes, 7 March)
  6. The Era of Faked CCTV Has Truly Arrived: Bad actors are manipulating scenes to cover their tracks, fueling “malinformation” that is tough to contain. (Wired, 7 March)
  7. Cyberattacks Are Just One Part of Hybrid Warfare (Washington Post, 7 March)
  8. Thousands of Fake Avatars Linked to Disinfo Ops Taken Down – and That’s a Problem (Haaretz, 7 March)

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