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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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Fireworks explode outside the Georgian parliament building in Tbilisi as protesters attempt to break through barrier constructions during a rally against the bill known as the foreign agents law, March 8, 2023. (Source: Reuters/Irakli Gedenidze)
May 2024

Russian-language Telegram channels foment tensions in Georgia

by Givi Gigitashvili

Telegram channels posting unverified content exacerbate political grievances between pro-Western and pro-Russian Georgians
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May 2024

The 5×5—The XZ Backdoor: Trust and Open Source Software

by Nitansha Bansal, Stewart Scott

Open source software security experts share their insights into the XZ backdoor, and what it means for open source software security.
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December 2023

Russian War Report: Putin to run for re-election in annexed regions of Ukraine

by Digital Forensic Research Lab

The Central Election Commission confirmed the possibility of holding presidential elections in illegally annexed Ukrainian territories.
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November 2023

Russian War Report: Pro-Kremlin surrogates accuse the US of using ‘climate weapons’ in Crimea

by Digital Forensic Research Lab

Following a severe storm in the Black Sea heavily impacted Crimea, pro-Kremlin sources circulated a conspiracy suggesting the US used a weather weapon.
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November 2023

Russian War Report: Desperate for recruits, Russia offers one million rubles to join its military

by Digital Forensic Research Lab

The Russian army is struggling to fund equipment and recruit as they host fundraisers and recruitment drives offering pledges of one million rubl
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November 2023

Russian War Report: Russia just lost the most troops in a single battle so far in 2023

by Digital Forensic Research Lab

In Ukriane, fighting over the strategically important town of Avdiivka has led to heavy Russian losses. In Armenia, Russian propaganda is targeting the Armenian government.
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