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Docket+ 10 October

Docket+ 10 October
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Docket+ is a weekly roundup of the latest influence operations-related academic research, events and job opportunities.

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  1. Chinese Arctic Narratives: How Chinese Media is Approaching the Nordic-Arctic States (NATO StratcomCoE, 5 October)
  2. Covid Misinformation, Dangerous Treatments Thrive on Apple Podcasts (Tech Transparency Project, 6 October)

1. Academia & Research

1.1 Platforms & Technology

  1. Platform Transparency Requires Research — but Who Will Do It? (CIGI, 22 September)
  2. Addressing ethical gaps in ‘Technology for Good’: Foregrounding care and capabilities (Big Data & Society, 1 August)
  3. Role of alternative social media in the news and information environment (Pew Research Center, 6 October)
  4. Deepfaked online content is highly effective in manipulating people’s attitudes and intentions (PsyArXiv, 5 October)
  5. Crowding out the truth? A simple model of misinformation, polarization and meaningful social interactions (ArXiv, 5 October)
  6. Doing data science with platforms crumbs: an investigation into fakes views on YouTube (ArXiv, 28 September)
  7. Re-start social media, but how? (Science Direct, 6 October)
  8. News is “toxic”: Exploring the non-sharing of news online (SAGE, 6 October)
  9. Echo Chambers, Rabbit Holes, and Algorithmic Bias: How YouTube Recommends Content to Real Users (Stanford Cyber Policy Center, 5 October)

1.2 World News

  1. Pro-Kremlin Network Impersonates Legitimate Websites and Floods Social Media with Lies (ISD, 29 September)
  2. Inside the ‘Journalisten Friekorps’, a pro-Kremlin influence operation (ISD, September)
  3. REPORT: Disinformation and freedom of opinion and expression during armed conflicts (UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Freedom of Expression, 3 October)
  4. Suppressing the truth and spreading lies: How the CCP is influencing Solomon Islands’ information environment (ASPI, 5 October)
How the Chinese Communist Party is spreading lies in Solomon Islands (ASPI, 5 October)
  1. Digital false information at scale in the European Union: Current state of research in various disciplines, and future directions (SAGE, 7 September)
  2. Beijing's Global Media Influence 2022 (Freedom House, 2022)
  3. Knowledge Conflicts: The Strategic Use and Effects of Expertise in Social Movements (Wiley, 5 October)

1.3 Elections & Democracy

  1. Election Misinformation Thrives on Major Social Media Platforms (Tech Policy Press, 2 October)
  2. What to make of the Brazilian election news: Global Journalism Seminar with Natalia Viana, co-founder & co-director, Agência Pública (Reuters Institute, October)
  3. Democratic backsliding disrupted: The role of digitalized resistance in Myanmar (SAGE, 3 October)
  4. Fake news and democracy: definitions, impact and response (T&F, 5 October)
  5. How influence operations across platforms are used to attack journalists and hamper democracies? (InternetLab, 5 September)

1.4 Science & Health

  1. In COVID-19 Health Messaging, Loss Framing Increases Anxiety with Little-to-No Concomitant Benefits: Experimental Evidence from 84 Countries (Springer, 26 September)
In public health messaging, negative framing triggers anxiety - not better outcomes (Harvard Kennedy School, 4 October)
  1. Linking social media overload to health misinformation dissemination: an investigation of the underlying mechanisms (Science Direct, 6 October)
  2. What’s in a name? Crisis communication during the COVID-19 pandemic in multilingual Indonesia (T&F, 6 October)
  3. Authority brings responsibility: feedback from experts promotes an overweighting of health-related pseudoscientific beliefs (PsyArXiv, 6 October)
  4. Pivoting during the pandemic: adapting research priorities to address community engagement with COVID-19 in Western Kenya (Journal of Global Health Reports, 28 September)

1.5 Tools, Legislation & Countermeasures

  1. Impact Report: Evaluating PEN America's Media Literacy Program (PEN America & Stanford Social Media Lab, September)
  2. Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights (The White House)
How to Read the White House’s Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights (Janet Haven, 4 October)
  1. The Spot the Troll Quiz Game Increases Accuracy in Discerning Between Real and Inauthentic Social Media Accounts (OSF, 27 September)
  2. Examining the Democratic Potential of Data Journalism in Curing Misinformation (T&F, 4 October)
  3. Internet regulation and crisis-related resilience: from Covid-19 to existential risks (T&F, 6 October)
  4. MonitorA 2022: distinguishing insults from attacks on the content moderation debate (InternetLab, 6 September)

1.6 Extremism, Conspiracy Theories & Harassment

  1. Lethal Subcultures: This short report applies subcultural theory to the problem of violent extremist organisation, conceptualising violent extremism as a lethal subculture. (CREST, 15 September)
  2. Understanding online hate attacks in different languages with AI (LSE, 6 October)
  3. Maldives: the legacy of Islamic State (Lowy Institute, 7 October)
  4. Weaponized Subordination: How Incels Discredit Themselves to Degrade Women (SAGE, 5 October)
  5. Radicalized Identity Styles: Investigating Sociocultural Challenges, Identity Styles, and Extremism (T&F, 6 October)
  6. Nihilism and Mass Shooterism: Unclear Categories and Potential Dangers (GNET, 4 October)
  7. Extremist Influencers: Hyper- and Super-Posters in Extremist Forums (GNET, 3 October)
  8. Crazy, mad and wacko: misogyny is prevalent among offenses to women candidates in the current elections (InternetLab, 6 September)
  9. What is a Conspiracy Theory and Why Does it Matter? (T&F, 3 October)

2. Events

  1. Nigeria 2023: Ensuring Credible, Peaceful, and Inclusive Elections (NED, 11 October)
  2. What You Need to Know Before Meta Connect 2022 (11 October)
  3. Data at the End of the World: A Book Talk with Brian Michael Murphy (Berkman Klein Center, 11 October)
  4. The Microeconomics of Disinformation (Stanford Cyber Policy Center, 11 October)
  5. “Should Donald Trump Be Returned to Social Media?”  (Stanford/UCLA, October 14)
  6. SXSW, Sydney (15-22 October)
  7. Russian Information Warfare: A Conversation with Dr. Bilyana Lilly (CEIP, 17 October)
  8. Freedom on the Net 2022: Countering Authoritarian Overhaul of the Internet (Freedom House, October 18)
  9. Disinformation: An Emerging War Weapon (NDU Foundation, 20 October)
  10. Predict22: The Intelligence Summit (Recorded Future, November) (Singapore 1-2 November, Tokyo, 8-9 November and London 22 November)

3. Opportunities

  1. Apply for funding from The Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research (IQMR)
  2. Director, Cybersecurity & Emerging Threats (RStreet)
  3. Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge 2022 (GEODE)
  4. Associate Director, Cyber Statecraft Initiative (Atlantic Council)
  5. Assistant Professor, JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism (University of Maryland)
  6. Deputy Director, Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative (GMF)
  7. Associate / Full Professor (Communication) - Race, Media, and Communication (UMass Amherst)
  8. Become a CISAC Fellow (Stanford CISAC)
  9. Communications Assistant (US-UK Fulbright Commission)
  10. Administrative Co-ordinator (US-UK Fulbright Commission)
  11. Research Lead - Gender Disinformation (Zinc)
  12. Senior Intelligence Analyst (Storyful)
  13. Podcast Intern - The Record (Recorded Future)
  14. Senior Membership and Community Officer (EDRi)

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