Interview with Thorsten Quandt on ZAPP

Concerning online propaganda and the approaching election of the European Parliament, Thorsten Quandt of the PropStop project, answered ZAPPs questions on disinformation and disinformation campaigns. A focal point of his comments was the change of strategy in connection with disinformation and propaganda by the European Union and also several countries. The article and the video…

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Thank you for a successful MISDOOM 2019

The first edition of the Multidisciplinary International Symposium on Disinformation in Open Online Media (MISDOOM) in Hamburg was a great success. More than 70 scientists from multiple disciplines (computer science, communication science, political science, media science, and journalism), practitioners, think tanks, and governmental officials met for an inspiring exchange of insights and ideas. The program…

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Multidisciplinary International Symposium on Disinformation in Open Online Media – MISDOOM

From February, 27 to March, 01, 2019 the multidisciplinary international symposium MISDOOM will be held at the HAW, University of Applied Sciences, Hamburg, Germany. The Symposium’s aims at bringing together researchers and practitioners from communication science, computer science, and economy, as well as journalists and online media professionals. They will discuss current topics, technical advances…

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Are Social Bots and Fake News threatening our democracy? The Propstop-Team provides research on the dangers of misinformation in the newest POLITIKUM edition.

The POLITIKUM edition ‘smart democracy’ discusses democracy in the times of digitalization – supported by the Propstop-Team members Prof. Dr. Thorsten Quandt, Dr. Lena Frischlich, Tim Schatto-Eckrodt and Svenja Boberg. The article focuses on the question of how great the threat of social bots and fake news really is. The researchers noted that the perceived…

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High-level conference on “Election Interference in the Digital Age: Building Resilience to Cyber-Enabled Threats”

In October, an EU-conference on the highest political level took place in Brussels. Besides representatives of the EU-commission, members of the EU-parliament, representatives of EU member states, NATO representatives, NGOs, as well as researchers were invited. Many European projects, which are engaged with topics like disinformation and manipulation of societies, were introduced, as their progress and…

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Prof. Dr. Quandt in an interview with a Swiss newspaper talking about the employment of bots in elections.

Prof. Dr. Quandt was interviewed by Simone Luchetta for the Swiss newspaper “Tages-Anzeiger” as an expert on social networks. During the interview Prof.Dr. Quandt stressed, that the employment of Russian bots in the last German election was not as extensive as expected. Instead his most recent studies showed, that especially right-wing groups used social networks…

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