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* 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!
- 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)
- Kremlin ABC: Adapt focus. Blame others. Cancel events (EUvsDisinfo, 15 December)
1. Academia & Research
1.1 Platforms & Technology
- 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)
- “Suggested for You”: Understanding How Algorithmic Ranking Practices Affect Online Discourses and Assessing Proposed Alternatives (ISD, 9 December)
- It would work for me too": How Online Communities Shape Software Developers' Trust in AI-Powered Code Generation Tools (ArXiv, 7 December)
- An Initial Conceptualization of Algorithm Responsiveness: Comparing Perceptions of Algorithms Across Social Media Platforms (SAGE, 12 December)
- An autoethnography of automated powerlessness: lacking platform affordances in Instagram and TikTok account deletions (SAGE, 12 December)
- Wikipedia's Balancing Act: A Tool for Collective Intelligence or Mass Surveillance? (ArXiv, 12 December)
- Who Should We Be Online? A Social Epistemology for the Internet (Oxford Academic, 15 December)
Governance, Regulation & Content Moderation
- Content Moderation as Systems Thinking (Harvard Law Review, 12 December)
- 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)
- Democratize social-media research — with access and funding (Nature, 13 December)
- What the debate around content moderation gets wrong (DEMOS, 6 December)
- Metacognitive and cultural cognition accounts jointly explain believing, and spreading of contested information (PsyArXiv, 15 December)
- Executive Function and the Continued Influence of Misinformation: A Latent Variable Analysis (PsyArXiv, 13 December)