Spring 2022 Seminar Series
Monday, April 25th | 5:00-6:00pm US Eastern
Emerson T. Brooking
Senior fellow at the Digital Forensic Research Lab of the Atlantic Council
As public awareness of foreign influence operations has grown, so have efforts to describe and contextualize them. Brooking will discuss the findings of two projects of the Digital Forensic Research Lab of the Atlantic Council focused on this research question. The first, Dichotomies of Disinformation, sought to develop an extensible taxonomy to describe disinformation campaigns. The second, Interference 2020, sought to rate the credibility and media impact of individual foreign interference claims. Such descriptive frameworks will become more important as the study of foreign influence grows increasingly politicized.
Emerson T. Brooking is a resident senior fellow at the Digital Forensic Research Lab of the Atlantic Council and coauthor of LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media. He is an expert in the fields of disinformation, terrorist communication, and internet policy. Previously, he was a research fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he studied U.S. defense policy. Brooking holds a BA in Political Science and Classical Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. He was named to the Forbes “30 Under 30” Class of 2019 and is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
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Daniyar Serikov - Distortions in the Kazakh Media Landscape
Jessica Dawson - The Surveillance App Economy and the National Security Risk
Joshua Tucker - The (Surprisingly?) Limited Impact of Russia's Election Interference on Twitter in the 2016 US Election
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Sumeet Kumar - Social Media Analytics for Stance Mining with Examples from Corona Virus Discussions on Twitter
David A. Broniatowski Ph.D. - Can communicating the gist combat systematic online distortions of public opinion on health topics? (with new insights from COVID19)
Jacob N. Shapiro Ph.D. - Early Evidence on COVID-19 Misinformation and Detecting Online Influence Efforts
Yan Leng Ph.D. - Analysis of misinformation during the COVID-19 outbreak in China: cultural, social and political entanglements