Real News about Fake News: Select Bibliography of Journalism on Digital Politics and Disinformation

Meichun Lee, editor of the 2020 Virtual Edition on Digital Politics, and Jennifer Curtis, Associate Editor of PoLAR, have compiled a reading list of recent journalism and analysis on digital politics and disinformation. We will update the list during 2020. News on COVID-19 and technology is at the top.

Disinformation Review
Flagship project of the European External Action Service’s East StratCom Task force, established to forecast, address, and respond to the Russian Federation’s ongoing disinformation campaigns targeting the European Union and member nations. Several issues since January 2020 monitor coronavirus disinformation campaigns.
https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinfo-review/

Digital Forensic Research Lab, Atlantic Council
Blog published on Medium.com reporting current research on online disinformation
https://medium.com/dfrlab

Hamilton 2.0 Dashboard
Real-time summary analysis of narratives and topics promoted by Russian and Chinese government officials and state-funded media on social media, state-sponsored news websites, and diplomatic statements.
https://securingdemocracy.gmfus.org/hamilton-dashboard/

Coronavirus Diaries
Podcast series on coronavirus, part of the Rights City podcasts by Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, Concordia University (MIGS)
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/rightscity/id1483243995

Here’s how to fight coronavirus misinformation
Andy Carvin and Graham Brookie, The Atlantic, March 29, 2020
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/03/heres-how-fight-coronavirus-misinformation/608914/

Six reasons the Kremlin spreads disinformation about the coronavirus
Jakub Kalensky, Atlantic Council
https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/commentary/article/six-reasons-the-kremlin-spreads-disinformation-about-the-coronavirus/

MIGS Coronavirus Diaries
March 26, 2020 interview with Jakub Kalensky, Atlantic Council
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tk2tVsuZ9jQ&feature=youtu.be

Russian Telegram rumor claiming smoking protects from coronavirus spreads to Ukraine
Digital Forensic Research Lab, Atlantic Council
https://medium.com/dfrlab/russian-telegram-rumor-claiming-smoking-protects-from-coronavirus-spreads-to-ukraine-edeff15365fd

Russia is Beijing’s best ally in the disinformation war against Hong Kong
Jane Li, Quartz, December 11, 2019
https://qz.com/1765092/russia-is-beijings-ally-in-media-war-against-hong-kong/

How a blogger in Florida put out an early warning about the coronavirus crisis
Paul Farhi, Washington Post, March 14, 2020
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/media/the-first-reporter-in-the-western-world-to-spot-the-coronavirus-crisis-was-a-blogger-in-florida/2020/03/13/244f39e6-6476-11ea-acca-80c22bbee96f_story.html

COVID-19 and social media content moderation
Evelyn Douek, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Society, March 25, 2020
https://cyber.harvard.edu/story/2020-03/covid-19-and-social-media-content-moderation

EU warns of pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign on coronavirus
Michael Peel and Sam Fleming, Financial Times, March 17, 2020
https://www.ft.com/content/d65736da-684e-11ea-800d-da70cff6e4d3?fbclid=IwAR03Jcc6prg9UTHiLT10ECaNtAdZteQZay3rwxgQxxg0s2npzUFbdSTy6yA

In fast-moving pandemic, sources of falsehoods spread by text, email, WhatsApp, and TikTok elude authorities
Craig Timberg, Ellen Nakashima, and Tony Romm, Washington Post, March 16, 2020
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/03/16/disnfo-texts-trump-quarantine/

You shouldn’t have to give Google your data to access a COVID-19 test.
Mason Marks, Slate, March 17, 2020.
https://slate.com/technology/2020/03/covid19-coronavirus-testing-google-walmart-target-privacy.html

Protecting civil liberties during a public health crisis
Matthew Guariglia and Adam Schwartz, Electronic Frontier Foundation, March 10, 2020
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2020/03/protecting-civil-liberties-during-public-health-crisis

How Reddit’s coronavirus community became a destination
Olivia Solon and April Glaser, NBC News, March 18, 2020
https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/how-reddit-s-coronavirus-community-became-destination-n1162661

Twitter broadly bans any COVID-19 tweets that could help the virus spread
Taylor Hatmaker, Techcrunch, March 18, 2020
https://techcrunch.com/2020/03/18/twitter-coronavirus-covid-19-misinformation-policy/

Facebook, Reddit, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and Youtube issue joint statement on misinformation
Catherine Shu and Jonathan Shieber, Techcrunch, March 16, 2020
https://techcrunch.com/2020/03/16/facebook-reddit-goggle-linkedin-microsoft-twitter-and-youtube-issue-joint-statement-on-misinformation/

Amazon’s warehouse workers sound alarms about coronavirus spread
Jay Greene and Elizabeth Dwoskin, Washington Post, March 17, 2020
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/03/17/amazons-warehouse-workers-sound-alarms-about-coronavirus-spread/?utm_campaign=wp_post_most&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&wpisrc=nl_most

The billion-dollar disinformation campaign to reelect the President
McKay Coppins, The Atlantic, February 10, 2020
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/03/the-2020-disinformation-war/605530/

A lawsuit against ICE reveals the danger of government-by-algorithm
Hannah Bloch-Wehba, Washington Post, March 5, 2020
https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/03/05/lawsuit-against-ice-reveals-danger-government-by-algorithm/

The quest to make AI less prejudiced
Helen Edwards, Quartz, March 9, 2020
https://qz.com/1814415/how-to-fix-bias-in-ai/

AI’s power problem
Quartz (collection of articles)
https://qz.com/guide/ai-power/

I worked on political ads at Facebook. They profit by manipulating us.
Yaël Eisenstat, Washington Post, November 4, 2019
https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/11/04/i-worked-political-ads-facebook-they-profit-by-manipulating-us/

Many Tech Experts Say Digital Disruption Will Hurt Democracy
Janna Anderson and Lee Rainie, Pew Research Center, Feb 21, 2020
https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/2020/02/21/many-tech-experts-say-digital-disruption-will-hurt-democracy/?fbclid=IwAR1RrqJM8NmYCNcjZoZtltDHjJ1xMbl2zxgwg2k7BEnwfQlRv1dXnRuAyRk

Pseudo local news sites in Michigan reveal nationally expanding network
Katherina Sourine & Dominick Sokotoff, Michigan Daily, November 1, 2019
https://www.michigandaily.com/section/community-affairs/pseudo-local-news-sites-michigan-reveal-nationally-expanding-network

Fresh Cambridge Analytica leak ‘shows global manipulation is out of control’
Carole Cadwalladr, Guardian, Jan 4, 2020
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jan/04/cambridge-analytica-data-leak-global-election-manipulation?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

The Three Civil Rights–Era Leaders Who Warned of Computers and Racism
Charlton Mcilwain, Slate, Jan 30, 2020
https://slate.com/technology/2020/01/philip-randolph-bayard-rustin-roy-wilkins-automation-racism.html

A 2020 US election simulation just ended with 32 dead and 200 injured
Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, November 13, 2019
https://qz.com/1748054/a-2020-us-election-simulation-ended-with-32-dead-and-200-injured/

Operation Blackout Wrap Up Report
Cybereason, November, 2019
https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6548629-Operation-Blackout-Wrap-Up-Report-November-2019.html

Inside the Internet Research Agency, a Russian “troll farm”
Adrian Chen, New York Times, June 7, 2015
https://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/07/magazine/the-agency.html

She wanted a ‘freebirth’ with no doctors. Online groups convinced her it would be OK.
Brandy Zadrozny, NBC News, Feb. 21, 2020
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/she-wanted-freebirth-no-doctors-online-groups-convinced-her-it-n1140096

About Jennifer Curtis

Jennifer Curtis is an Honorary Fellow in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh: http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/staff/social_anthropology/curtis_jennifer.

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