Research Topics

Targeted Disinformation

Who gets targeted for disinformation, harassment, scams, or doxxing? What societal effects can we observe when that targeting is based on individual and group identity? Contemporary online harassment and other techniques of subjugation fit into historical patterns of oppression. This collection encompasses identity-based targeting, networked harassment, and other forms of online abuse. 

Credibility and Trust

How do populist politics and other anti-elite, anti-institutional movements intersect with new technologies and declining public trust in science and media?

Algorithms and Automation

Researchers are exploring how disinformation campaigns use bots and automation tools, and how algorithms can encode and reproduce biases and ideologies.

The Empirical Studies of Conflict Project (ESOC) at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at Princeton University seek applicants for a one-year Postdoctoral Research Associate or more senior research position as part of a multi-university team conducting research on efforts by foreign powers to influence politics in democracies and the circulation of […]

The College of Information Studies (Maryland’s iSchool) invites applications for an open rank tenure-track position (with preference for Assistant or Associate level) with a focus on cognitive security and information attacks, defenses, and resilience. Ideal applicants will bring both technical and social expertise to address how actors employ misinformation and disinformation online, the impact on […]

As the United States adds another COVID-19 vaccine to its arsenal and ramps up its distribution drive, potentially pushing the country closer toward herd immunity, concerns about vaccine hesitancy among the population remain. But overall, it seems, people are growing increasingly comfortable with getting a shot. Data from the KFF Vaccine Monitor shows 55 percent of Americans […]

During a half century of military rule, Myanmar’s totalitarian tools were crude but effective. Men in sarongs shadowed democracy activists, neighbors informed on each other and thugs brandished lead pipes. The generals, who staged a coup a month ago, are now back in charge with a far more sophisticated arsenal at their disposal: Israeli-made surveillance […]

Last June, Antonio Radić, the host of a YouTube chess channel with more than a million subscribers, was live-streaming an interview with the grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura when the broadcast suddenly cut out. Instead of a lively discussion about chess openings, famous games, and iconic players, viewers were told Radić’s video had been removed for “harmful […]

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