In addition to the usual disinformation news, we’ve included a few articles about the ad tech industry this week. Check them out to learn more about ad fraud (and how to avoid it), a new coalition of companies seeking to increase transparency in the ad tech supply chain, and the controversy that emerged after Google programmatically placed a recruitment advert for the LA Police Department on the far-right website Breitbart. Each of these stories emphasize the importance of GDI’s focus on advertising as a key enabler of disinformation.
We hope you enjoy these articles – and feel welcome to share ideas for other readings with us here or on Twitter @DisinfoIndex.
Ahead of 2020, Facebook Falls Short on Plan to Share Data on Disinformation (New York Times, 29 September 2019)
As Sudan transitions to democracy, urgent reforms must tackle disinformation (Global Voices, 4 October 2019)
Brands Can Avoid Ad Fraud by Understanding Its Ever-Changing Nature (Adweek, 4 October 2019)
Hundreds Of Propaganda Accounts Targeting Iran And Qatar Have Been Removed From Facebook (BuzzFeed News, 3 October 2019)
How Disinformation Reaches Donald Trump (The New Yorker, 3 October 2019)
Iranian hackers targeted a US presidential campaign, Microsoft says (The Guardian, 4 October 2019)
Revealed: the QAnon conspiracy theorist who is friends with Australian PM Scott Morrison (The Guardian, 4 October 2019)
The LAPD opens an inquiry into job posting on right-wing Breitbart website (LA Times, 28 September 2019)
The Online Ad World Is Murky. A Group of Companies Wants to Fix That. (New York Times, 2 October 2019)
Trolls for hire: Russia’s freelance disinformation firms offer propaganda with a professional touch (NBC News, 1 October 2019(