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The flags alley is seen outside the United Nations building during the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, February 27, 2023. (Source: Reuters/Denis Balibouse)
April 2024

The GDC zero draft: the good, the bad, and the ugly

by Konstantinos Komaitis

DFRLab Senior Resident Fellow for Global and Democratic Governance Konstantinos Komaitis takes a look at the Global Digital Compact’s zero draft
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April 2024

Kremlin-linked Telegram channels seed anti-Ukraine and anti-West narratives in Bulgaria

by Eto Buziashvili, Sayyara Mammadova

Pro-Kremlin Bulgarian Telegram channels amplify disinformation seeded by Kremlin-run channels
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March 2024

Inauthentic campaign amplifying Islamophobic content targeting Canadians

by Digital Forensic Research Lab

Accounts used AI-generated photos and inauthentic accounts to amplify Islamophobic account claiming to be a new Canadian nonprofit
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March 2024

Suspicious Facebook assets amplify pro-Kremlin Bulgarian ‘mushroom’ websites

by Sopo Gelava

More than one hundred Facebook assets promoted links to external websites sharing pro-Kremlin propaganda in Bulgaria
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Putin and Gutul meet in Sochi
March 2024

Unpacking the Kremlin media blitz surrounding Gagauzia leader’s Russia visit

by Victoria Olari, Ani Mejlumyan

Eugenia Gutul’s meeting with Vladimir Putin drives Kremlin news cycle positioning Russia as “protector” of Gagauzia and Moldova as its “oppressor”
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March 2024

How to consume information in times of conflict

by Dina Sadek, Andy Carvin

Unverified information can exacerbate conflicts. Recognizing and scrutinizing it should become reflexive for all of us
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A woman holds a phone with a portrait of Soviet leader Josef Stalin on case, during an event marking the 70th anniversary of Stalin's death, in his hometown of Gori, Georgia March 5, 2023. (Source: REUTERS/Irakli Gedenidze)
March 2024

Stalin lionized on Georgian TikTok

by Sopo Gelava

TikTok videos promote myths about late Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, portraying him as a religious, well-educated strongman
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Fake version of the Ukrainian news site UNIAN.
March 2024

Doppelganger targets Ukrainian and French audiences via Facebook ads

by Valentin Châtelet, Roman Osadchuk

The latest iteration of the Russian information operation reveals an increasing sophistication in tactics against Ukraine and other audiences
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March 2024

Advancing the narrative: analyzing the maturation of Palestinian militant videos

by Dr. Michael Loadenthal

Gaza militants increasingly use collaborative releases, advanced editing, and narrative-driven storytelling when sharing battlefield footage
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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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