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[ˈin(t)ərˌnet əbˈzərvəˌtôrē] n. a lab housing infrastructure and human expertise for the study of the internet
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Takedown: Fake accounts target the Central African Republic

A Facebook takedown exposes a network of NGO and media entities linked to Harouna Douamba.

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Sizing Up Self-Harm Policies

The Stanford Internet Observatory’s latest report compares online platforms’ policies on self-harm content.
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Election Integrity Partnership Releases Final Report on Mis- and Disinformation in 2020 U.S. Election

Researchers from Stanford University, the University of Washington, Graphika and Atlantic Council’s DFRLab released their findings in ‘The Long Fuse: Misinformation and the 2020 Election.’
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Clubhouse in China: Is the data safe?

The audio chat app “Clubhouse” went viral among Chinese-speaking audiences. Stanford Internet Observatory examines whether user data was protected, and why that matters.

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One Face, Many Names: An Investigation into Fake NGOs and Media Outlets Linked to Harouna Douamba on and off Facebook

Blog / May 6, 2021
A Facebook takedown exposes a network of NGO and media entities linked to Harouna Douamba.
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Sizing Up Self-Harm Policies

Blog / April 8, 2021
The Stanford Internet Observatory’s latest report compares online platforms’ policies on self-harm content.
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Election Integrity Partnership Releases Final Report on Mis- and Disinformation in 2020 U.S. Election

News / March 2, 2021
Researchers from Stanford University, the University of Washington, Graphika and Atlantic Council’s DFRLab released their findings in ‘The Long Fuse: Misinformation and the 2020 Election.’
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Analysis of February 2021 Twitter Takedowns

Blog / February 23, 2021
In this post and in the attached reports we investigate a Twitter network attributed to actors in Armenia, Iran, and Russia.
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Clubhouse in China: Is the data safe?

Blog / February 12, 2021
The audio chat app “Clubhouse” went viral among Chinese-speaking audiences. Stanford Internet Observatory examines whether user data was protected, and why that matters.
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Clubhouse在中国:他的数据安全吗?

Blog / February 12, 2021
语音社交App “Clubhouse”,在中文听众中爆红。斯坦福大学网络观测平台(SIO)调查了这个App的数据是否保护它的用户数据,以及用户数据为何需要被保护。
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Staying Current

Blog / February 9, 2021
An Investigation Into a Suspended Facebook Network Supporting the Leader of the Palestinian Democratic Reform Current
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E2EE Workshop Series: Call for Papers and Participants

News / February 3, 2021
Balancing Trust and Safety in an Encrypted World: A workshop series from the Stanford Internet Observatory
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Parler's First 13 Million Users

Blog / January 28, 2021
As Parler gained millions of users - and plenty of notoriety - in recent months, understanding the dynamics of the platform has become an increasing priority. A report by the Stanford Internet...
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Q&A with Riana Pfefferkorn, Stanford Internet Observatory Research Scholar

News / January 21, 2021
Riana Pfefferkorn joined the Stanford Internet Observatory as a research scholar in December. She comes from Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society, where she was the Associate Director of...
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How to Investigate Wikipedia: Our Process

Blog / January 14, 2021
Wikipedia celebrates its 20th anniversary this month. This blog post, the second of two, looks at how open source investigators can conduct research on Wikipedia.
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Inauthentic Editing: Changing Wikipedia to Win Elections and Influence People

Blog / January 7, 2021
Wikipedia celebrates its 20th anniversary this month. This is the first of two blog posts exploring the use, misuse, and ultimate resilience of this open, community-edited platform.
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Online Consent Moderation

Blog / December 18, 2020
New Approaches to Preventing Proliferation of Non-Consensual Intimate Images
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Stoking Conflict by Keystroke

Blog / December 15, 2020
New Facebook takedowns expose networks of Russian-linked assets targeting Libya, Sudan, Syria, and the Central African Republic.
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Slanted Narratives, Social Media, and Foreign Influence in Libya

Blog / November 10, 2020
New working paper assesses the role of foreign influence in Libyan social media
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The Threat of Foreign Influence Operations

Blog / October 23, 2020
A new SIO-Lawfare debate series argues the questions: What is the impact of foreign influence operations targeting the United States? Is public conversation commensurate with the threat level?
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Analysis of Twitter Takedowns Linked to Cuba, the Internet Research Agency, Saudi Arabia, and Thailand 

Blog / October 8, 2020
In this post and in the attached reports we investigate operations linked to youth organizations with ties to the Cuban government, the Internet Research Agency, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the...
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Analysis of an October 2020 Facebook Takedown Linked to U.S. Political Consultancy Rally Forge

Blog / October 8, 2020
An astroturfing operation involving fake accounts (some with AI-generated images) that left thousands of comments on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Clients included Turning Point Action and...
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Analysis of an October 2020 Facebook Takedown Linked to the Islamic Movement in Nigeria

Blog / October 8, 2020
In this post and in the attached report we investigate an operation that called for the release from prison of Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.
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Fake Profiles, Real Children

Blog / October 1, 2020
A Look at the Use of Stolen Child Imagery in Social Media Role-Playing Games
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Chinese Expat News Site Resists CCP Influence

Blog / September 24, 2020
A popular source of information among the Chinese diaspora is the website Wenxuecity.com. There have been allegations that the site’s funding is linked to the Chinese government. In this post, we...
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Who Are the President of Guinea's Facebook Trolls? The Blurry Line Between Modern Campaigning and Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior

Blog / September 21, 2020
We document an extensive network of Facebook Pages operated by Guinean president Alpha Condé’s political party. The Pages coordinated posting to support Condé's bid for a third term, and the...
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Qui sont les trolls Facebook du président guinéen ? Campagne électorale moderne ou actions inauthentiques concertées, une frontière floue

Blog / September 21, 2020
Nous avons enquêté sur un large réseau de pages Facebook opérées par le parti du président guinéen Alpha Condé. Les Pages orchestrent des publications qui soutiennent la candidature de Condé à un...

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