Blog & Research Briefs

Reading the Room: China, Taiwan, Japan, and US in the Cyber Domain

This blog is the first publication of the Cyber Pacific project at the Global Disinformation Lab. To begin this project, we decided to ‘read the room’ of the east Asian cyber domain to identify key actors and their recent activities.

Behind the Veil: The Marketing of Iranian State Media to Foreign Audiences

Authors: Alexander Lopez, Moo Sun Kim, Jinpeng Li Introduction On September 16 2022, 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, known to her Kurdish family and community as Jina, was pronounced dead at the Kasra Hospital in Tehran. Three days earlier she had been detained by morality...

TTL Kevin Lentz Presents Conference Article

On 10/5 Cyber Pacific Team Leader Kevin Lentz presented his article, “Targets in the Gray Zone; Assessing Taiwanese and Japanese Cyber Defense Capabilities." Kevin spoke at the Australia and New Zealand Studies Association of North America conference 'The Future of...

GDIL Highlighted in UT State of the University Address

We are honored to have been mentioned in UT President Jay Hartzell's State of the University address this year. Featuring standout programs and initiatives at UT Austin, President Hartzell discussed Team Tearline's satellite analysis report on refugee movements (20:30...

The Great Global Disinformation Feed

Perhaps the only thing that travels faster than a lie is a lie promoted on the internet. Disinformation evolves and adjusts rapidly for even the smallest of targeted social groups. With over 190 countries in the world – and each country hosting numerous social groups...

The Vanga Files

Google “Baba Vanga” and you will get almost three million English-language hits that link to sites and posts about this legendary Bulgarian. Baba (or Grandmother) Vanga became famous in her lifetime (1911-1996) and continues to capture the imagination of Bulgairans...

Threatcasting at the Global Disinformation Lab

It is 2028. Jorge is being driven back from work by his self-driving Tesla. It’s been a long day designing the new user interface his company is developing. The UI will be used in the next generation of unmanned submarines ordered by the US Navy. The Navy ordered them...

Student Researchers use Satellite Imagery to Counter Disinformation

The GDIL "Project Tearline" team published the result of their research this semester. The team focused on disinformation about Ukrainian refugees. Check out the report to learn more about how the students analyzed satellite imagery in order to debunk claims made by...

Documentation as Research Design: Making Datasets Work

This article is intended for students and researchers interested in developing social science datasets. We use the terms “research documentation”, “methodology documentation”, and “codebooks” interchangeably. Resources to learn more are located in the appendix of this post.

Student Researchers use Satellite Imagery to Counter Disinformation

The GDIL "Project Tearline" team published the result of their research this semester. The team focused on disinformation about Ukrainian refugees. Check out the report to learn more about how the students analyzed satellite imagery in order to debunk claims made by...

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