Propaganda

Propaganda

The Role of Social Media in Iraq’s Tishreen ...

December 7, 2023

This report explores how Iraqis in the diaspora leveraged social media during the Tishreen movement to mobilize both online and offline activism. It also investigates how propaganda and false information shaped this activism....
The Role of Social Media in Iraq’s Tishreen Movement: Digital Activism, Misinformation, and Propaganda

Misinformation on WhatsApp: Insights From the Cari...

September 26, 2023

WhatsApp has become a dominant platform for communication, entertainment, and news sharing among U.S. diaspora communities. It has also emerged as a significant source of misinformation. Complimenting ongoing and previous research, this report focuses on Caribbean diaspora communities....
Misinformation on WhatsApp: Insights From the Caribbean Diaspora

Encrypted Messaging Applications and Political Mes...

June 19, 2023

A look at the role EMAs play in global disinformation efforts and the manipulation of public opinion....
Encrypted Messaging Applications and Political Messaging: How They Work and Why Understanding Them is Important for Combating Global Disinformation

Anonymous Civic Participation Behaviors: Differenc...

December 14, 2022

The Center for Media Engagement wanted to find out how some aspects of identity, such as gender, age, education, political orientation, and time spent online, are tied to the ways in which people participate in certain anonymous actions....
Anonymous Civic Participation Behaviors: Differences Across Gender and Other Demographics

Talking Politics on WhatsApp: a Survey of Cuban, I...

November 2, 2022

We asked WhatsApp users in three sub-groups (Cuban Americans, Mexican Americans, and Indian Americans) about their perceptions of the platform; their news and information consumption behaviors; and their encounters with false information....
Talking Politics on WhatsApp: a Survey of Cuban, Indian, and Mexican American Diaspora Communities in the United States

Texas’ Asian Communities and EMAs: How WhatsApp an...

October 31, 2022

Political campaigns across the United States are paying close attention to the rising political importance of Asian American communities across the country. Nowhere is this clearer than in Texas....
Texas’ Asian Communities and EMAs: How WhatsApp and WeChat will play a role in the 2022 midterms

Polarized Information Ecosystems and Encrypted Mes...

August 10, 2022

The Center for Media Engagement examined: How are encrypted messaging apps (EMAs) relevant for propagandists and/or activists in Egypt, Ethiopia, and Libya? How do these platforms fit into the existing (dis-)information landscape?...
Polarized Information Ecosystems and Encrypted Messaging Apps: Insights Into Egypt, Ethiopia, and Libya

End-to-end Encryption for Messaging Apps: Importan...

July 6, 2022

The Propaganda Research Lab at the Center for Media Engagement (CME), in collaboration with Omidyar Network, hosted a RightsCon 2022 session on encrypted messaging apps (EMAs) and their global use for political propaganda, mis- and disinformation, activism, and news...
End-to-end Encryption for Messaging Apps: Important for Whom, How and What’s its Future?

Solving Questions of Digital Literacy Through Comm...

June 23, 2022

The Center for Media Engagement explores how public interest principles can be incorporated in social media to combat mis-information in larger communities....
Solving Questions of Digital Literacy Through Community-Based Approaches

Testimony: “A Growing Threat: The Impact of ...

April 26, 2022

Testimony of Samuel Woolley, Ph.D. for Congressional hearing "A Growing Threat: The Impact of Disinformation Targeted at Communities of Color."...
Testimony: “A Growing Threat: The Impact of Disinformation Targeted at Communities of Color”

Escaping the Mainstream? Pitfalls and Opportunitie...

March 22, 2022

This report builds the foundation of our future research on diaspora communities, false information, and EMAs with regard to the 2022 mid-term elections and provides an assessment useful for the design of community-centric counter programs....
Escaping the Mainstream? Pitfalls and Opportunities of Encrypted Messaging Apps and Diaspora Communities in the U.S.

How Digital Surveillance Deters Protest Participat...

March 9, 2022

This piece provides insights into the ways in which protests are surveilled and outlines two main issues with the practices: (1) general problems with the collection of personal data at protests, and (2) the problematic ways in which protest coverage is used toward political ends....
How Digital Surveillance Deters Protest Participation

​​Three Ways COVID-19 Affected Kenyan Media and Ho...

January 18, 2022

In the case of COVID-19, disinformation can occur when there is an intention to create a different viewpoint from that of vetted healthcare officials and authorities regarding the disease’s status,…...
​​Three Ways COVID-19 Affected Kenyan Media and How the Country is Trying to Counter the Fallout

Location-Based Targeting: History, Usage, and Rela...

December 14, 2021

The Propaganda Lab at the Center for Media Engagement created an overview on location-based targeting, including its history, the technologies behind it, and its usage over the years. The report also includes recommendations addressing some key concerns....
Location-Based Targeting: History, Usage, and Related Concerns

Political Talk in Private: Encrypted Messaging App...

December 1, 2021

The Propaganda Lab at the Center for Media Engagement expanded its research into the use of encrypted messaging apps (EMAs) for political talk, analyzing both how EMAs are used by people for everyday political talk and how EMA technology is being used for coordinated manipulation campaigns in Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Ukraine....
Political Talk in Private: Encrypted Messaging Apps In Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe

How Politics, Generation, News Use, and Time Onlin...

August 26, 2021

The Center for Media Engagement investigated how certain socio-political differences — including where people get their news, time spent online, political views, and age — relate to people’s views about anonymity....
How Politics, Generation, News Use, and Time Online Play Into Attitudes About Anonymity

Geolocation Surveillance Roundtable

March 30, 2021

The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Media Engagement and the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (S.T.O.P.) hosted a roundtable about mass surveillance in the age of mass protest. We…...
Geolocation Surveillance Roundtable

Disclosures of NYPD Surveillance Technologies Rais...

February 23, 2021

The disclosures by NYPD – the first required by the POST Act – raise substantial questions about how police in New York acquire and maintain data across dozens of surveillance systems, how NYPD thinks about safety and possible harms to society, and reveal new details about the suite of technologies enabling covert police activities on social media networks. ...
Disclosures of NYPD Surveillance Technologies Raise More Questions Than Answers

A Reflection on the Media in 2020

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Join Us: “A Reflection on the Media in 2020” with David Fahrenthold, Arthel Neville, and Dan Rather...
A Reflection on the Media in 2020

Press Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts

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David McCraw will draw on his experiences as a lawyer and as the Deputy General Counsel for The New York Times to explore the ethical challenges awaiting journalists and the American public that arise at the intersection of law, ethics, and technology....
Press Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts

Peer-to-Peer Texting and the 2020 U.S. Election: H...

October 27, 2020

New forms of direct communication, such as campaign apps and digital wallet passes on smartphones, are poised to bring political messaging to even higher levels of intimacy and efficacy, and, disturbingly, render them factually impossible to audit by outsiders....
Peer-to-Peer Texting and the 2020 U.S. Election: Hidden Messages and Intimate Politics

Encrypted Propaganda: Political Manipulation Via E...

October 26, 2020

The Center for Media Engagement propaganda research team spent the past year studying political manipulation on encrypted messaging applications (EMAs) in the U.S., India, and Mexico....
Encrypted Propaganda: Political Manipulation Via Encrypted Messaging Apps in the United States, India, and Mexico

Social Media Influencers and the 2020 U.S. Electio...

October 14, 2020

The Center for Media Engagement's propaganda research team reports on the phenomenon of social media influencers as an avenue for political campaign communications, describes the challenges this issue poses to platforms and governments, and briefly explores solutions....
Social Media Influencers and the 2020 U.S. Election: Paying ‘Regular People’ for Digital Campaign Communication

COGSEC Pre-conference Competitions

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COGSEC is hosting two pre-conference competitions over the next few months....
COGSEC Pre-conference Competitions

Police could Be Scanning Your Social Media From a ...

September 2, 2020

Protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, continue to seize national and global attention. Videos of peaceful protestors demanding justice and rioters setting businesses ablaze have provided…...
Police could Be Scanning Your Social Media From a Summer Protest to Make an Arrest

Propaganda

March 13, 2020

  Under the direction of Dr. Samuel Woolley, the propaganda research lab at the Center for Media Engagement (CME) studies how emergent technologies are used in global political communication....
Propaganda

Upcoming Event: Cognitive Security Conference

March 2, 2020

((POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE… Stay tuned for more details)) The Center for Media Engagement is thrilled to announce the inaugural Cognitive Security (COGSEC) Conference. The conference will be held at The University of…...
Upcoming Event: Cognitive Security Conference

CME Program Director Samuel Woolley Publishes Book

January 6, 2020

Fake news posts and Twitter trolls were just the beginning. What will happen when misinformation moves from our social media feeds into our everyday lives?...
CME Program Director Samuel Woolley Publishes Book

CME Launches Propaganda Division

January 1, 2020

Under the direction of Dr. Samuel Woolley, our propaganda division will focus on how emergent technologies are used in and around global political communication....
CME Launches Propaganda Division