4 April 2024, 14:30-15:30 CET

Chinese private firms are seen as aggressively managing foreign influence operations on behalf of the Chinese government. CitizenLab found more than 120 websites posing as local news, and channeling targeted attacks to Beijing’s critics, while in fact being run by a PR firm in Shenzhen.

Watch the replay of this webinar with CitizenLab’s senior researcher Alberto Fittarelli on our YouTube channel:


Alberto Fittarelli, CitizenLab, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto

Alberto Fittarelli is a senior researcher leading the disinformation research at the Citizen Lab, University of Toronto. He has 15 years of experience in investigating disinformation and digital threats, much of which acquired while leading research at Meta (formerly Facebook).


Alexandre Alaphilippe, EU DisinfoLab

Alexandre is the Executive director and co-founder of the EU DisinfoLab. Since 2017, he has coordinated work on some of the organisation’s largest investigations into Information Operations linked to Russia, India and China. In 2022, he led the exposure of Doppelganger, which has been labeled as one of the largest information operation from Russia in the past years. He is a member of a number of working groups in Brussels and Washington DC linked to platform regulation, transatlantic relations, and hybrid threats, where he emphasises the role of civil society in maintaining democratic values. He has published papers for the Brookings Institution and his work has been featured on CNN, BBC, Le Monde and Politico.

The opinions expressed are those of the speakers/authors and do not necessarily reflect the position of EU DisinfoLab. This webinar does not represent an endorsement by EU DisinfoLab of any organisation.