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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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May 2024

Websites of Moldovan politicians linked to local pro-Russia news outlets

by Valentin Châtelet, Victoria Olari

Website infrastructure links Moldovan pro-Russia news outlets to far-left political parties
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A person is detained after Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico was shot at close range in an assassination attempt, after a government meeting in Handlova, Slovakia, May 15, 2024. Source: REUTERS/Radovan Stoklasa/File Photo)
May 2024

Online conspiracies proliferate following the attack on Slovakian PM Robert Fico

by Ruslan Trad

Anti-Western and anti-Ukraine narratives circulated online after the assassination attempt on the Slovakian prime minister.
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A Ukrainian serviceman walks next to a residential building heavily damaged by Russian military strikes in the city of Avdiivka, Ukraine November 8, 2023. (Source: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty/Serhii Nuzhnenko via Reuters)
May 2024

Russian information operations targeted Ukraine and NATO during the battle for Avdiivka

by Valentin Châtelet, Sayyara Mammadova, Ruslan Trad

Pro-Kremlin Telegram channels and state media pushed multiple narratives to undermine Ukraine and its western partners
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BANNER: Lanyards on display at the NetMundial+10 conference in São Paulo, Brazil. (Source: netmundial10)
May 2024

Internet governance interrupted 

by Konstantinos Komaitis

A readout of the events of NetMundial+10
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May 2024

International Cyberspace & Digital Policy Strategy: AC Tech Programs Markup

by Emma Schroeder, Graham Brookie, Raul Brens Jr., Emerson Brooking, Safa Shahwan Edwards, Trey Herr, Rose Jackson

On May 6, the Department of State released the United States International Cyberspace & Digital Policy Strategy. Read along with AC Tech Programs staff, fellows, and experts for commentary and analysis.
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May 2024

Lessons Learned from the Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge 

by Sara Mishra, Hannah Dora Patterson, Ethan Moscot, and Andrew Vu

Students from Tufts University tell us their greatest lessons learned from competing in the Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge.
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Taiwan, New Taipei City, 2024/01/13. Poll officers show a box containing ballots after polls close at a polling station at an elementary school. (Source: Valeria Mongelli/Hans Lucas via Reuters)
May 2024

Targeting Taiwan: China’s influence efforts on the island

by Digital Forensic Research Lab

Chinese state media experimented on how to better reach Taiwanese audiences online around the January 2024 election
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A demonstrator makes a heart-shaped gesture while standing in front of a police cordon during a rally to protest against the so-called foreign agents bill in Tbilisi, Georgia, May 1, 2024. (Source: REUTERS/Irakli Gedenidze/File Photo)
May 2024

Pro-government Facebook ads target protests against foreign agents bill in Georgia

by Sopo Gelava

Dozens of Facebook ads targeted Georgian protesters with anti-Western and anti-LGBTQ+ narratives
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