ISD is covering the Russia-Ukraine War across all of our areas of expertise. This page will be regularly updated with our latest analysis. A list of reports and resources ISD has previously produced on disinformation, information operations and state-linked online assets are also listed on this page.
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404: RELIABLE INFORMATION NOT FOUND

New ISD research shows Facebook and Twitter are presenting users searching for news about Ukraine with pro-Kremlin material and information from unverified sources.

Hybrid Forum: War in the Digital Age

Hybrid Forum: War in the Digital Age

ISD's Tim Squirrell participated as a speaker showcasing our research on the Russia-Ukraine War and how pro-Kremlin propaganda continue to reach global audiences.

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QAnon goes to China – via Russia

This Dispatch looks at the shift that appears to be underway in QAnon conspiracy communities as China's president Xi Jinping is recast from villain to hero.

The Murky Origin Story of #IstandwithRussia

The Murky Origin Story of #IstandwithRussia

This briefing note is intended to understand the origins of the #IstandwithRussia campaign, the accounts behind it, and the parallels and linkages it has to pro-Kremlin media and narratives on social media platforms.

The Vladimirror Network: Pro-Putin Power-Users on Facebook

The Vladimirror Network: Pro-Putin Power-Users on Facebook

This briefing outlines the mechanics, narratives, and linkages of the pro-Putin power users — those that produce content at a high-rate day in and day out since the start of the invasion — on Facebook to pro-Kremlin groups and pages, painting a picture of a coordinated, seemingly inauthentic campaign intended to buttress the image of Putin in a range of languages and geographies.

What’s New (and What’s Not) with News Front

What’s New (and What’s Not) with News Front

Despite having been banned in 2020, pro-Russian propaganda outlet News Front has been able to return to Facebook for at least a third time without any significant innovation in its tactics or operation. This raises questions about how effectively Facebook enforces its own bans on known bad actors.

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

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.

The 101 of Disinformation Detection

The 101 of Disinformation Detection

Disinformation can threaten the activities, objectives and individuals associated with civil society groups and their work. This toolkit lays out an approach that organisations can undertake to begin to track online disinformation on subjects that they care about. The process is intended to have a very low barrier to entry, with each stage achievable using either over-the-counter or free-to-use social media analysis tools.