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Docket+ 19 December

Docket+ is a weekly roundup of the latest influence operations-related academic research, events and job opportunities.
Docket+ 19 December
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Hi! I'm Victoria and welcome to DisinfoDocket. Docket+ is a weekly roundup of the latest influence operations-related academic research, events and job opportunities.

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This morning -
* Approaches to content moderation and countering medical misinformation
* A study of belief in conspiracy theories in New Zealand
* Building a stronger media ecosystem in Ukraine,
* and much more!


  1. Bad Reputation: Suspected Russian Actors Leverage Alternative Tech Platforms in Continued Effort to Covertly Influence Right-Wing U.S. Audiences (Graphika & Stanford Internet Observatory, 13 December)
  2. Kremlin ABC: Adapt focus. Blame others. Cancel events (EUvsDisinfo, 15 December)

1. Academia & Research

1.1 Platforms & Technology

  1. A smart tool for fairer online advertising: In a new contribution, OII researchers led by Dr Johann Laux show there’s a smart way to govern personalised adverts, balancing the benefits of personalisation against the risks. (Oxford Internet Institute, 8 December)
  2. “Suggested for You”: Understanding How Algorithmic Ranking Practices Affect Online Discourses and Assessing Proposed Alternatives (ISD, 9 December)
  3. It would work for me too": How Online Communities Shape Software Developers' Trust in AI-Powered Code Generation Tools (ArXiv, 7 December)
  4. An Initial Conceptualization of Algorithm Responsiveness: Comparing Perceptions of Algorithms Across Social Media Platforms (SAGE, 12 December)
  5. An autoethnography of automated powerlessness: lacking platform affordances in Instagram and TikTok account deletions (SAGE, 12 December)
  6. Wikipedia's Balancing Act: A Tool for Collective Intelligence or Mass Surveillance? (ArXiv, 12 December)
  7. Who Should We Be Online? A Social Epistemology for the Internet  (Oxford Academic, 15 December)

Governance, Regulation & Content Moderation

  1. Content Moderation as Systems Thinking (Harvard Law Review, 12 December)

Data Access

  1. Want to protect the information environment? Change how it's studied: Data access alone isn’t enough to address disinformation—research on the information environment must be accelerated through shared engineering infrastructure, argue Alicia Wanless and Jacob N. Shapiro (OECD, 13 December)
  2. Democratize social-media research — with access and funding (Nature, 13 December)
  3. What the debate around content moderation gets wrong (DEMOS, 6 December)

Information spread

  1. Metacognitive and cultural cognition accounts jointly explain believing, and spreading of contested information (PsyArXiv, 15 December)
  2. Executive Function and the Continued Influence of Misinformation: A Latent Variable Analysis (PsyArXiv, 13 December)

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