The Genesis of a Conspiracy Theory

Authors: Aoife Gallagher, Jacob Davey, Mackenzie Hart

Date: 24/07/2020

QAnon is a wide-ranging conspiracy theory that claims that an elite group of child-trafficking paedophiles have been ruling the world for a number of decades and that President Trump has a secret plan in place to bring this group to justice. This briefing paper provides an overview of the key trends in activity around the QAnon conspiracy theory from 2017 to 2020. Crucially it points to major spikes in QAnon activity in March 2020, suggesting both an increase in activity  to promote the conspiracy theory  and the spread of this conspiracy to new audiences.

 

The networks and narratives of anti-refugee disinformation in Europe

This report provides a snapshot of the different online communities involved in the promotion of hate and disinformation targeting refugees and the migration sector in 2020. It looks at networks of accounts in Greek, German and English language, and provides an overview of the narratives employed in anti-refugee disinformation and the dynamics which drive this activity online.