Latest PUBLICATIONS

July 2024

Anti-Ukraine narratives spread following Kyiv children’s hospital attack

by Ruslan Trad

Narratives blamed Ukraine for the incident, accusing it of targeting itself or deploying air defense systems ineptly
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July 2024

How Kenya’s tax bill protests spread online

by Digital Forensic Research Lab

After the bill’s withdrawal, online conversations continued to call for President Ruto’s resignation
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July 2024

AI tools usage for disinformation in the war in Ukraine

by Roman Osadchuk

How and what technology Russia used to spread disinformation after the full-scale invasion of Ukraine
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Screenshot of a Facebook ad displaying Ilan Shor's allegations that "the collective West aims to seize Moldova" and "the West means war and fear."
July 2024

Inauthentic Facebook ad campaign spreads anti-EU messages

by Victoria Olari

Facebook pages disguised as neutral news sources sponsored ads to promote anti-EU narratives ahead of Moldova’s referendum on EU integration
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July 2024

Spambots continue to suppress speech and enable harassment of the Chinese community on X

Networks of Chinese-language spambots risk the censoring of posts during politically sensitive events, repeating past oversights
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July 2024

Operation targets French snap elections using AI-generated content

by Valentin Châtelet

Operation uses AI to rewrite articles to adopt a more ‘conservative stance’
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July 2024

The Impact of Corruption on Cybersecurity: Rethinking National Strategies Across the Global South  

by Robert Peacock

As the Global South prepares for the next stage in ICT development, governments must prioritize policies that reduce corruption in critical network software procurement to protect those countries’ developing cyberspace.
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June 2024

User in the Middle: An Interoperability and Security Guide for Policymakers

by Maia Hamin, Alphaeus Hanson

When technologies work together, it benefits users and the digital ecosystem. Policymakers can advance interoperability and security in tandem by understanding how each impacts the other.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a signing ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia March 21, 2023. (Source: Sputnik/Vladimir Astapkovich/Kremlin via Reuters)
June 2024

In Sub-Saharan Africa, China embraces Russian messaging against Ukraine

by Digital Forensic Research Lab

Russian narratives thrive in Sub-Saharan Africa with the help of Chinese media networks, localization expertise, and infrastructure
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June 2024

“Reasonable” Cybersecurity in Forty-Seven Cases: The Federal Trade Commission’s Enforcement Actions Against Unfair and Deceptive Cyber Practices

by Isabella Wright, Maia Hamin

The FTC has brought 47 cases against companies for unfair or deceptive cybersecurity practices. What can we learn from them?
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Words of Iron promo screenshots
June 2024

Online tool helps social media accounts amplify pro-Israel messages

“Words of Iron” represents a shift in the evolving approach to digital propaganda during times of war
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June 2024

Far-right parties employed generative AI ahead of European Parliament elections

by Valentin Châtelet

Europe-wide coalition Identity and Democracy utilized AI imagery despite signing a code of conduct on its use in the election campaign
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Generative art showing paper airplanes flying over Red Square in Moscow.
June 2024

Another battlefield: Telegram as a digital front in Russia’s war against Ukraine

In this new report, the DFRLab investigates the role of Telegram in Russia since the February 2022 invasion of Ukraine
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screenshot of Facebook ad featuring Elon Musk, whose voice has been altered to promote a scam.
June 2024

Spanish-language ads amplify scams using audio deepfakes of public figures

by Daniel Suárez Pérez

Scammers fabricated interviews with politicians and tech moguls to present supposed investments as legitimate government-backed programs
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Photo of DTI Director Rose Jackson speaking at the ITU's World Summit on the Information Society, May 2024. (Source: Konstantinos Komaitis)
June 2024

Remarks at the International Telecommunication Union’s World Summit on the Information Society Forum

by Rose Jackson

Democracy + Tech Initiative Director Rose Jackson on connectivity, human rights, and the future of the internet
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June 2024

Doppelganger targets US audience on X to discredit Georgian protests

by Eto Buziashvili

The latest iteration of the Russia-attributed campaign discredits pro-democracy protests in Georgia
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June 2024

Tailored Russian disinformation targets Polish farmer protests

by Givi Gigitashvili

Kremlin-backed actors attempt to sow division between Poland and Ukraine
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May 2024

Regulating the use of AI for Brazilian elections: what’s at stake

by Beatriz Farrugia

Brazil’s implementation of rules regarding AI in upcoming local elections will serve as a major test case 
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