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The European Commission has sought input via a call for comments, as they evaluate access to data from very large online platforms and very large search engines by researchers, a key measure of the Digital Services Act.

Apply to present at the Trust and Safety Research Conference! Abstracts due April 30, 2023.

As the war in Ukraine continues to reshape security needs in Europe and globally, scholars from the Freeman Spogli Institute agree that Finland can play a unique leadership role in defense and cybersecurity alliances.

We watched 100 hours of TikTok videos while waiting for a research API. Will it be worth the wait?

The second annual Trust & Safety Research Conference, sponsored by the Stanford Internet Observatory, will take place at the Alumni Center at Stanford University

Authors: Josh A. Goldstein, Girish Sastry, Micah Musser, Renée DiResta, Matthew Gentzel, Katerina Sedova

SIO releases its annual report summarizing its first three years of research, teaching and policy and laying the path for the years to come.

Blogs

The pitfalls of analyzing emerging events on Twitter.

No one really knows what Elon Musk’s company is doing to free speech. (From The Atlantic)

Moderated Content host Evelyn Douek discusses Twitter’s data security problems and what this says about privacy regulation more generally with Whitney Merrill, the Data Protection Officer and Privacy Counsel at Asana and long-time privacy lawyer including as an attorney at the FTC, and Riana Pfefferkorn, a Research Scholar at the Stanford Internet Observatory.

In political conspiracy theories, as in television shows, the plot elements are always the same. (From The Atlantic)

Commentary

Renee DiResta of the Stanford Internet Observatory writes about the growing body of research suggesting human behavior on social media is strikingly similar to collective behavior in nature. Published in Noema Magazine.

A political cartoon encouraging Indians to boycott Chinese products
Blogs
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An Analysis of a Pro-Indian Army Covert Influence Operation on Twitter

Blogs

Stanford Internet Observatory collaborated with Graphika to analyze a large network of accounts removed from Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter in our latest report. This information operation likely originated in the United States and targeted a range of countries in the Middle East and Central Asia.

Twitter suspended a network of accounts that coordinated to promote narratives around the coronavirus pandemic, and to amplify a pro-Russian news site ahead of the invasion of Ukraine.

In an essay for Lawfare Blog, Samantha Bradshaw, Renee DiResta and Christopher Giles look at how state war propaganda in Russia is increasingly prevalent on platforms that offer minimal-moderation virality as their value proposition.

Riana Pfefferkorn of SIO spoke with Wired on Meta's expansion of end-to-end encryption in Messenger.

In an essay for Lawfare Blog, Samantha Bradshaw of American University and Shelby Grossman of the Stanford Internet Observatory explore whether two key platforms, Facebook and Twitter, were internally consistent in how they applied their labels during the 2020 presidential election.

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An Investigation into an Inauthentic Facebook and Instagram Network Linked to an Israeli Public Relations Firm

During a hearing titled “A Growing Threat: Foreign And Domestic Sources Of Disinformation," DiResta offered expert testimony on influence operations and the spread of narratives across social and media networks.

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