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DisinfoDocket 9 August

DisinfoDocket curates influence operations-related academic research, news, events and job opportunities.
DisinfoDocket 9 August
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Good morning! Below the paywall this morning -
* The faces of Russia's influence across the African continent
* Spanish-speakers on TikTok are being targeted by conspiracy theories about climate change
* PSNI: Major data breach identifies thousands of officers and civilian staff...


LISTEN - Read With Me: The Jan. 6 Indictment (Benjamin Wittes, Dog Shirt Daily, 8 August)
  1. Journalists punched, kicked and tear-gassed: inside ‘the darkest month for Kenyan media’ (Reuters Institute, 8 August)
  2. People share misinformation because of social media’s incentives — but those can be changed (Nieman Lab, 8 August)
  3. The Government Shouldn’t Be Barred from Countering False Information (Brennan Center for Justice, 8 August)
  4. One woman's Orwellian experience with disinformation (The Record by Recorded Future, 8 August)
  5. How to counteract false narratives around ineligible voters (IJNet, 7 August)

1. Academia & Research

  1. Controlling bad-actor-AI activity at scale across online battlefields (ArXiv)
  2. No evidence linking Facebook adoption and negative well-being: Oxford study (OII, 9 August)
  3. What Makes an Influence Operation Malign? (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 7 August)
  4. Artificial-intelligence search engines wrangle academic literature (Nature, 7 August)
  5. A US agenda for action in Sudan’s information environment (Atlantic Council, 8 August)
  6. As Ohioans decide on Issue 1, local outlets have been raising alarm about a dark-money group attempting to sway voters with misinformation (Media Matters for America, 8 August)

2. Platforms & Technology

  1. Mongolia signs digital skills partnership with Google as landlocked nation seeks closer ties with US (South China Morning Post, 6 August)
  2. Why ChatGPT Is Getting Dumber at Basic Math (The Wall Street Journal, 4 August)
  3. AI is acting "pro-anorexia" and tech companies aren't stopping it (The Washington Post, 7 August)


  1. X Corp accuses climate group of helping anti-hate researchers target Twitter (The Guardian, 8 August)
  2. Elon Musk offers to pay legal bills for people ‘unfairly treated’ by employers over Twitter use (Euronews, 7 August)

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