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Layers of Lies: A First Look at Irish Far-Right Activity on Telegram

This report aims to provide a first look into Irish far-right activity on the messaging app, Telegram, where the movement is operating both as identifiable groups and influencers, and anonymously-run channels and groups. This report was produced in conjunction with TheJournal.ie and its investigative platform Noteworthy.ie as part of their Eyes Right series.

MENA Monitor: Arabic COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation Online

This report examines the nature and scale of COVID-19 vaccine mis- and disinformation among Arabic-language communities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) on Facebook. Included is a case study analysing the output of a dubious disinformation hub that masquerades as a think tank as well as detailed findings on leading trends within vaccine misinformation communities in MENA.

COVID-19 : aperçu de la défiance anti-vaccinale sur les réseaux sociaux

La présente étude présente une analyse quantitative et qualitative de la désinformation et des théories complotistes anti-vaccins repérées dans les contenus publiquement accessibles sur Twitter et Facebook entre le 1er août 2020 et le 1er février 2021, identifie les discours principaux, événements qui alimentent des pics de discussion en ligne et les acteurs les plus actifs dans la propagation de discours anti-vaccins.

La pandémie de COVID-19: terreau fertile de la haine en ligne

Ce rapport s’intéresse à la corrélation entre la pandémie et propagation du discours haineux en ligne. En s’appuyant sur la méthodologie de la Cartographie de la Haine en ligne, l’ISD a opéré une analyse en détail du discours anti-arabe/magrébin, anti-musulman, anti-asiatique et anti-refugié/migrant. Cette étude fait le constat que la pandémie a alimenté des discours visant à stigmatiser certaines communautés minoritaires en France.

The Long Tail of Influence Operations: A Case Study on News Front

This case study examines two websites and two blogging accounts which appear to be linked to News Front, a Crimean-based news organisation previously accused of being a source of pro-Kremlin disinformation and influence operations. While the impact of the site’s activity is low, the case study provides a glimpse into the inner workings of the broader disinformation ecosystem and sheds light on the long tail of state-linked online assets.

Fostering Civic Responses to Online Harms: Learnings from the Online Civil Courage Initiative and the Online Civic Fund

This report reviews the impact of the Online Courage Civic Initiative and Online Civic Fund in 2019, demonstrating how effective civil society actors can be when provided with the necessary resources and platform. Our overview shows the significant impact that civil society can have in countering hate online and offline, providing key learnings, inspiring similar initiatives and demonstrating the ways the civil sector can co-ordinate long term.

The Boom Before the Ban: QAnon and Facebook

This report is a collaboration between the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) and the nonpartisan news-rating organisation NewsGuard. It analyses QAnon-related contents on Facebook during a period of increased activity, just before the platform implemented moderation of public contents spreading the conspiracy theory.

Spin Cycle: Information Laundering on Facebook

The report outlines an investigation by ISD into a series of Facebook groups and pages exhibiting suspicious, potentially coordinated and inauthentic activity. The report illustrates how spam-like networks on Facebook can be used to distribute potentially harmful content across the platform at scale.