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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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Graphika Blog

August 26, 2020

Dracula’s Botnet

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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August 24, 2020

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

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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June 3, 2020

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

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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March 18, 2020

Pranksters or Foes? SMS-Based Crisis Disinformation

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

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March 16, 2020

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

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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December 3, 2019

Graphika Report: UK Trade Leaks

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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November 7, 2019

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

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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October 21, 2019

Graphika Report: The IRACopyPasta Campaign

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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September 25, 2019

Graphika Report: Spamouflage

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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August 23, 2019

Graphika welcomes industry expert Ben Nimmo to the team

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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August 8, 2019

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

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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August 1, 2019

Graphika Labs Summer Retreat 2019: Innovating for the Future

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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June 25, 2019

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

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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June 4, 2019

The Desus and Mero Story

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

How an Ex-YouTube Insider Investigated its Secret Algorithm

(The Guardian, February 2, 2018)

Graphika discovered over 513,000 Twitter accounts tweeted links to one or more YouTube-recommended videos that were boosted by vigorous social media campaigns leading up to the 2016 election, involving thousands of accounts controlled by political operatives, including a large number of bots.

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This former Google exec talked to the social media trolls the Russians paid to influence elections — here’s what she learned

(CNBC, January 19, 2018)

Camille François, Graphika’s Chief Innovation Officer, shared first hand accounts of the stories of real troll farm workers and her own experience co-authoring a landmark report on Russian electoral influence operations for the Senate Select Intelligence Committee.

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The Insanity of NBA All-Star Voting

(ESPN, February 16, 2017)

Graphika sifted through more than 5 million tweets on behalf of ESPN, revealing a number of interesting findings about NBA All-Star voting, including 10 hyperactive bot accounts voting for Kawhi Leonard about 1,000 times per day.

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