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Political Machines: Understanding the Role of AI i...

June 6, 2024

To better understand major trends and common concerns about the role of Generative AI in politics, the Center for Media Engagement conducted interviews with experts in the digital politics space....
Political Machines: Understanding the Role of AI in the U.S. 2024 Elections and Beyond

Platform Research Ethics for Academic Research

April 18, 2024

There’s been a lot of research on digital platforms. But how do we know these studies were conducted ethically? And what does it mean to conduct ethical research? We examine the state of current platform studies ethics....
Platform Research Ethics for Academic Research

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

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

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.

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

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

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