Disinfo Update 27/05/19

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First glance at disinformation around the EU elections

One day after the EU elections, it is hard to draw final conclusions on the amplitude and impact of suspected disinformation campaigns. However, interesting studies conducted over the campaign period share complementary findings:

We will surely come back on this case study as further research pieces will be published.

Call me maybe?

Recently, RT America has been exaggerating the health hazards posed by 5G networks, the next most powerful generation of cell phone connectivity. Some experts suggest that this could be part of an economic warfare between Russia, China and the US on the rollout of 5G. At the same time, apart the RT’s efforts to sow doubt about 5G technology, new evidence reveal the Russian strategy to sow racial discord and violence in the U.S. The revelations come as U.S. intelligence agencies have warned of a probable Russian meddling in the 2020 election. According to Poynter, these and many other facts could be considered as a certain evolution of Russia’s disinformation strategy in the international arena. 

Are you coming to the EU DisinfoLab Annual Conference?

The EU DisinfoLab Conference is taking place this week, on 28-29 May, in Brussels. Along two days, we will explore the phenomenon of disinformation and information disorder, from its roots to technical and regulatory responses. The event will gather the community of experts, people who concretely build tools and methodologies for monitoring and debunking disinformation. Moreover, the participants will have the unique chance to benefit from the cross-expertise of journalists, academics, civil society representatives and government officers from the EU, the US and Canada. If you can’t attend the event, follow it on Twitter under the hashtag #Disinfo2019. A summary article of the conference and the speakers’ presentations will be published on our website.

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