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Renee DiResta
Journal Articles

Middle East Influence Operations: Observations Across Social Media Takedowns

Renee DiResta, Shelby Grossman, Josh A. Goldstein
Middle East Political Science , 2021
Researchers Shelby Grossman, Renee DiResta and Josh A. Goldstein examine Middle East influence operations across social media, including how regimes incorporated social media activities into their own domestic and foreign policy toolkits. The full paper can be found at the Project on Middle East Political Science website.
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Conference Memos

POMEPS Studies 43: Digital Activism and Authoritarian Adaptation in the Middle East

Larry Diamond, Eileen Donahoe, Shelby Grossman, Renée DiResta, Josh A. Goldstein
2021
The Project on Middle East Political Science partnered with Stanford University’s Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law and its Global Digital Policy Incubator for an innovative two week online seminar to explore the issues surrounding digital activism and authoritarianism. This workshop was built upon more than a decade of our collaboration on issues related to the internet and politics in the Middle East, beginning in 2011 with a series of workshops in the “Blogs and Bullets” project supported by the United States Institute for Peace and the PeaceTech Lab. This new collaboration brought together more than a dozen scholars and practitioners with deep experience in digital policy and activism, some focused on the Middle East and others offering a global and comparative perspective. POMEPS STUDIES 43 collects essays from that workshop, shaped by two weeks of public and private discussion.
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White Papers

My Heart Loves the Army: An Investigation into a Jordanian Disinformation Campaign on Facebook, TikTok and Twitter (TAKEDOWN)

Shelby Grossman, Elena Cryst, Renee DiResta, Carly Miller, K.H., Rajeev Sharma, Chase Small, Julia Thompson
2021
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White Papers

One Face, Many Names: An Investigation into Fake NGOs and Media Outlets Linked to Harouna Douamba on and off Facebook (TAKEDOWN)

Lindsay Hundley, Renee DiResta, Josh A. Goldstein, Shelby Grossman, Cooper Reed, Adriana Stephan, Julia Thompson
2021
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Books

The Long Fuse: Misinformation and the 2020 Election

Stanford Internet Observatory, Samantha Bradshaw, Daniel Bush, Elena Cryst, Renee DiResta, Isabella Garcia-Camargo, Josh A. Goldstein, Shelby Grossman, Carly Miller, Shelby Perkins, Alex Stamos, David Thiel, Alex Zaheer, Matt Masterson
2021

On January 6, 2021, an armed mob stormed the US Capitol to prevent the certification of what they claimed was a “fraudulent election.” Many Americans were shocked, but they needn’t have been. The January 6 insurrection was the culmination of months of online mis- and disinformation directed toward eroding American faith in the 2020 election.

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White Papers

Contours and Controversies of Parler

David Thiel, Renee DiResta, Shelby Grossman, Elena Cryst
2021
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White Papers

Stoking Conflicts by Keystroke: An Operation Run by IRA-Linked Individuals Targeting Libya, Sudan, and Syria (TAKEDOWN)

Shelby Grossman, Khadeja Ramali, Renee DiResta, Lucas Beissner, Samantha Bradshaw, William Healzer, Ira Hubert, David Thiel
2020
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White Papers

An Investigation into a Female-Focused Online Campaign in Iran and Afghanistan targeting Afghans (TAKEDOWN)

Shelby Grossman, Renee DiResta, Lindsay Hundley, Sejal Jhawer, Tara Kheradpir, Abuzar Royesh, David Thiel
2020
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White Papers

Telling China’s Story: The Chinese Communist Party’s Campaign to Shape Global Narratives

Renee DiResta, Renee DiResta, Carly Miller, Vanessa Molter, John Pomfret, Glenn Tiffert
2020
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White Papers

Sockpuppets Spin COVID Yarns: An Analysis of PRC-Attributed June 2020 Twitter takedown (TAKEDOWN)

Carly Miller, Vanessa Molter, Isabella Garcia-Camargo, Renee DiResta, David Thiel, Alex Zaheer
2020
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Journal Articles

Pandemics & propaganda: how Chinese state media creates and propagates CCP coronavirus narratives

Vanessa Molter, Renee DiResta
Harvard Misinformation Review , 2020

To gain insight into how Chinese state media is communicating about the coronavirus pandemic to the outside world, we analyzed a collection of posts from their English-language presence on Facebook. We observed three recurring behaviors: sharing positive stories and promoting the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) pandemic response, rewriting recent history in a manner favorable to the CCP as the coronavirus pandemic evolved, and using targeted ads to spread preferred messages.

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White Papers

“The World is Swimming in a Sea of Rumors”: Influence Operations Associated with El Fagr Newspaper (Egypt) (TAKEDOWN)

Renee DiResta, Tara Kheradpir, Carly Miller
2020

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On April 2, 2020 Twitter announced the takedown of a collection of data sets attributed to state influence operations in several countries. One of those datasets was attributed to actors within Egypt – specifically, accounts linked to the El Fagr newspaper. El Fagr has previously been named in coordinated inauthentic activity takedowns on Facebook and Instagram, which took down a network related to their pro-Egyptian government activity in October 2019.

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White Papers

Evidence of Russia-Linked Influence Operations in Africa

Shelby Grossman, Daniel Bush, Renee DiResta
2019

Russia’s global strategy for reasserting itself as a geopolitical superpower has led to an increased presence in Africa, where it has broadened efforts to shape the continent’s politics and pursue new economic opportunities to allay the effects of sanctions.

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