May 7, 2024 | NYT

US campus protests being weaponized by foreign actors ahead of elections

ISD’s Director of Research, Melanie Smith, spoke to the New York Times about foreign actors’ online activity regarding protests about the Israel-Gaza conflict on US campuses. She explained that Chinese influence campaigns including the ‘Spamouflage’ network appear to be weaponizing the protests, capitalizing on the portrayal of the United States as beset with social and political turmoil.