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Thursday November 03, 2022

Same Schmitz, Different Day

Léa Ronzaud, Jack Stubbs, and Tyler Williams

Suspected Russian actors are engaged in a renewed effort to target far-right audiences in the U.S. with politically divisive messaging ahead of the November midterm elections. 

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Thursday November 3, 2022

Same Schmitz, Different Day

Léa Ronzaud, Jack Stubbs, and Tyler Williams

Suspected Russian actors are engaged in a renewed effort to target far-right audiences in the U.S. with politically divisive messaging ahead of the November midterm elections. 

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Thursday October 27, 2022

Portrait Mode: GAN Collages and Fake Personas

Tyler Williams and Razmik Kozakjian

This blog details the first time we've identified fake personas using “GAN-collages” as part of an online influence operation. The technique differs from previous operations we have analyzed, which typically “steal” profile pictures from unrelated social media accounts and online resources, or use fake faces created using artificial intelligence techniques, such as generative adversarial networks (GAN).

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Wednesday September 21, 2022

Fertile Ground: Communities Sowing Reproductive Health Misinformation Online

The Graphika Team

This blog post examines three of the most prominent groups we have identified seeding and spreading false or misleading information about reproductive health issues online. For each group, we aim to detail their community characteristics, structure, and associated behaviors.

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Monday September 12, 2022

Trolling Taiwan

The Graphika Team

Graphika has identified a coordinated and sustained effort to manipulate online conversations around the topic of Taiwanese independence between Aug. 14 - Sept. 1, 2022. The campaign launched following U.S. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan on Aug. 2 and promoted narratives critical of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen’s foreign and defense policies across 40 different online platforms.

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Tuesday August 16, 2022

Graphika Launches Atlas to Empower Enterprises with Actionable Social Intelligence for Strategic Decision-Making

Graphika Team

Graphika announces Atlas, a new product on the Graphika Platform that provides intelligence derived from the communities engaged with online conversations related to today’s most pressing topics.

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Thursday April 28, 2022

Big Lie to Big Lead: Lessons Learned from the Philippines Election

Kyle Weiss

On May 9, Filipinos will vote in presidential and vice-presidential elections that researchers have described as a vote on the future of democracy in the Philippines. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., son of former dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos, leads the polls. Marcos is running alongside vice-presidential candidate Sara Duterte, the daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte. Marcos’ closest competition is Vice President Leni Robredo, who has gained ground in the weeks before the vote. 

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Monday September 6, 2021

Press Release: Graphika Appoints Disinformation Technologist to Leadership Team

Graphika Team

Jennifer Mathieu, Ph.D., Joins as CTO to Accelerate Technical Innovation and Delivery of Company’s SaaS Offerings

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Friday September 3, 2021

Artemisinin: Guo Wengui Is Borrowing Anti-Vaxx Tactics to Promote a New “Miracle Cure”

Kyle Weiss

During a livestream broadcast on Aug. 30, exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui “revealed” the Chinese Communist Party’s secret “antidote” to Covid-19: artemisinin, a malaria treatment currently being tested on hospitalized Covid-19 patients by the World Health Organization.

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Wednesday September 1, 2021

Why I Joined Graphika - Jennifer Mathieu, Ph.D.

Jennifer Mathieu, Ph.D.

Graphika's new CTO, Jennifer Mathieu, Ph.D. shares her reasons for joining our growing team and what's ahead for the technology department and delivery of SaaS offerings.

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Tuesday March 9, 2021

Graphika Named to Fast Company’s Annual List of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2021

Graphika Team

Today, Graphika has been named to Fast Company’s prestigious annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2021. The list honors the businesses that have not only found a way to be resilient in the past year, but also turned those challenges into impact-making processes. These companies did more than survive, they thrived—making an impact on their industries and culture as a whole. This year’s MIC list features 463 businesses from 29 countries.

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Tuesday March 2, 2021

Unveiling the Election Integrity Partnership Final Report: The Long Fuse: Misinformation and the 2020 Elections

Graphika Team

Today, Graphika and our partners in the Election Integrity Partnership (EIP) have released the results of our months-long effort to collaboratively identify, track, and respond to voting-related mis- and disinformation during the 2020 U.S. elections, “The Long Fuse: Misinformation and the 2020 Elections.”

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Friday January 22, 2021

DisQualified: Network Impact of Twitter’s Latest QAnon Enforcement

Graphika Team

Analysis of a QAnon network map produced by Graphika indicates that more than 60% of these Twitter accounts are no longer online. This network represents a set of 13,856 highly-connected accounts that were engaging with QAnon hashtags last spring; 8,859 of which are now inactive.

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Wednesday December 23, 2020

Graphika Global Insights: COVID-19 Vaccination Misinformation

Erin McAweeney, Senior Research Analyst and Melanie Smith, Head of Analysis

In April 2020, Graphika published an inaugural report, The COVID-19 “Infodemic,” covering analysis of the global online conversation about the coronavirus pandemic from December 2019 through March 2020. At the time, we detailed how the COVID-19 pandemic had facilitated the convergence of health conspiracists, political conspiracists, and technology conspiracists on a global scale, while right-wing groups had played a significant role in creating and amplifying mis- and disinformation content.

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Tuesday November 3, 2020

Graphika’s 24/7 ‘Peace Room’ Is Up And Running

Greg McCarriston

Graphika is deeply committed to doing our part to protect the integrity of the 2020 United States presidential election. To this end, we have joined the Election Integrity Partnership to detect and mitigate the impact of attempts to prevent or deter people from voting or to delegitimize election results.

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Wednesday September 2, 2020

Q-Tips: Measuring the Mainstreaming of QAnon During the Pandemic

Erin McAweeney

Journalists and researchers alike have observed the undeniable growth of conspiratorial content during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their important work shows the increased volume and frequency of sharing QAnon content across social media platforms over the last seven months. To help complete the picture, the Graphika team developed a new set of methods leveraging network analysis, topic modeling, and cultural bridging to identify content, users, topics and hashtags that connect otherwise disconnected communities.

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Wednesday August 26, 2020

Dracula’s Botnet

Ben Nimmo

A network of inauthentic Twitter accounts that exhibits strong signs of automated behavior has been amplifying the pro-China political spam network that Graphika has nicknamed “Spamouflage.” The accounts appear to be the work of a single entity, and all post apparently automated quotes from Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”; as such, we call this “Dracula’s Botnet.”

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Monday August 24, 2020

Integrating Graph and Language Embedding Models—Graphika's Alex Ruch in Journal of Physics: Complexity

Gregory McCarriston

Can x2vec Save Lives? According to Graphika Labs team member Alex Ruch in his latest article published in the Journal of Physics: Complexity, the answer may be yes.

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Wednesday June 3, 2020

Briefing: China, Iran, and Russia State Accounts on U.S. Protests

Ben Nimmo

State-controlled media outlets and official public diplomacy accounts in China, Iran, and Russia are focusing on the anti-racism protests in the United States, but they are primarily doing so in a way that furthers their existing narratives, rather than stoking American divisions.

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Wednesday March 18, 2020

Pranksters or Foes? SMS-Based Crisis Disinformation

Camille Francois, Ben Nimmo

Previous viral SMS-based disinformation campaigns warn against mistaking online pranksters for foreign Russian trolls - and vice versa.

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Monday March 16, 2020

Leveraging the Contagion Monitor™ Analytical Tool to Uncover Trends Before They Hit

Graphika Team

Graphika’s Contagion Monitor™ analytical tool is a software solution that helps strategists collect and analyze social media data and generate sophisticated analytics to detect business relevant trends, gain more insights on emergent campaigns, and deliver exponential value for their brand.

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Tuesday December 3, 2019

Graphika Report: UK Trade Leaks

Graphika Team

A new report from Graphika finds that operators keen to hide their identities disseminated leaked UK/US trade documents in a similar fashion to Russian operation “Secondary Infektion”, exposed in June 2019.

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Thursday November 7, 2019

Deep Learning at Graphika: Scaling Network Maps with Heterogeneous Graph Embedding

Alexander Ruch, ABD, MPH, MA, MA

Deep learning models for heterogeneous graphs allow us to overcome traditional analytical limits to efficiently scale our work at Graphika to tens of millions of nodes with hundreds of millions of edges.

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Monday October 21, 2019

Graphika Report: The IRACopyPasta Campaign

Camille Francois, Ben Nimmo, C. Shawn Eib

On October 21, 2019, Facebook announced the takedown of 50 Instagram accounts posting about US social and political issues and the 2020 election. Facebook concluded that the operation “originated from Russia” and “showed some links to the Internet Research Agency (IRA)”, the Russian “troll farm” that previously targeted US audiences and the United States presidential election in 2016.

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Wednesday September 25, 2019

Graphika Report: Spamouflage

Ben Nimmo, C. Shawn Eib, L. Tamora

An active and prolific, but ultimately low-impact, cross-platform political spam network in Chinese boosted attacks on the Hong Kong protesters by using hijacked or fake accounts on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook well into September 2019, an investigation by Graphika reveals.

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Friday August 23, 2019

Graphika welcomes industry expert Ben Nimmo to the team

Graphika Staff

As the Graphika team continues to attract world-class talent across technology, marketing and insights, we are thrilled to welcome a new, noteworthy hire to our leadership team. This month, Ben Nimmo joins our team as our first-ever Director of Investigations.

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Thursday August 8, 2019

Hacking for the Greater Good: Empowering Technologists to Strengthen Digital Society

Graphika Staff

Camille François, Graphika’s Chief Innovation Officer visited Black Hat in Las Vegas to join a panel of experts discussing the intersection of technological advancement with the growing risks of cyber attacks and counter-applications.

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Thursday August 1, 2019

Graphika Labs Summer Retreat 2019: Innovating for the Future

Graphika Staff

On July 12th, 2019, Graphika Labs held its inaugural retreat in Boston, MA. We gathered to discuss our focus for the next twelve months and are excited to announce the five core pillars of Graphika’s research in 2019-2020.

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Tuesday June 25, 2019

Graphika Chief Innovation Officer Camille Francois Named as MIT Technology Review 2019 “Innovator Under 35”

Graphika Staff

Graphika's Chief Innovation Officer Camille Francois has been named to MIT Technology Review’s annual list of “Innovators Under 35” as a Visionary.

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Tuesday June 4, 2019

The Desus and Mero Story

Vladamir Barash, Ph.D

One of the most elusive problems in social science is the prediction of hit phenomena — from transformative social movements to hit artists to virally marketed products. When Desus and Mero — a couple of comedians from the Bronx — got into a fight with DJ Envy, nobody knew that they were on the cusp of going viral, selling out a five-borough tour, and getting a show on Showtime — but Graphika was able to predict that one.

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In the Media

Sympathy, and Job Offers, for Twitter’s Misinformation Experts

(The New York Times, Monday November 28, 2022)

Disinformation became widely recognized as a significant problem in 2016, said John Kelly, who was an academic researcher at Columbia, Harvard and Oxford before founding Graphika, a social media analysis firm, in 2013. The company’s employees are known as “the cartographers of the internet age” for their work building detailed maps of social media for clients such as Pinterest and Meta.

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Suspected Russian Plot Used Political Cartoons to Influence US Voters

(Bloomberg, Thursday November 3, 2022)

Suspected Russian Plot Used Political Cartoons to Influence US Voters Social media activity detected by Graphika Inc. tied the effort to people involved with Russia’s IRA.

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Pentagon Opens Sweeping Review of Clandestine Psychological Operations

(The Washington Post, Monday September 19, 2022)

The takedowns in recent years by Twitter and Facebook of more than 150 bogus personas and media sites created in the United States was disclosed last month by internet researchers Graphika and the Stanford Internet Observatory. While the researchers did not attribute the sham accounts to the U.S. military, two officials familiar with the matter said that U.S. Central Command is among those whose activities are facing scrutiny.

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