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From Conspiracy to Capitol Hill: The Great Disinformation Divide

For the last three years, BLACKBIRD.AI has been documenting and exposing how pervasive digital influence campaigns built on disinformation, conspiracy, and politically polarized rhetoric have effectively come to function

January 15, 2021 Read more
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Not Falling for the Fake

The predominance of online and digital messaging has been a very positive technological development over the years. However, this prevalence of social media has also had a substantive negative influence.

December 11, 2020 Read more
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The Global Disinformation Cycle

The tech industry has a problem, and its name is Surveillance Capitalism. So goes the premise of Netflix’s recent documentary The Social Dilemma

October 13, 2020 Read more
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The Global QAnon Phenomenon

Blackbird.AI’s Intelligence Report responds to ongoing requests for insights into disinformation activity and threats around recent events across digital media.

October 3, 2020 Read more
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Persuasion Psychology in Digital Communications

The predominance of online and digital messaging has been a very positive technological development over the years. However, this prevalence of social media has also had a substantive negative influence.

September 21, 2020 Read more
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COVID-19 Disinformation Report – Volume 3

Blackbird.AI’s Intelligence Report responds to ongoing requests for insights into disinformation activity and threats around recent events across digital media.

June 10, 2020 Read more
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Disinformation in the Decision-Making Sphere

Distinguishing between what is real and what is fake is getting more and more difficult. Even more disconcerting is the gray area sandwiched between where information is intentionally altered, taken…

May 7, 2020 Read more
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The Disinformation Olympics: The COVID-19 Infodemic Has Only Just Begun

In these polarizing times, COVID-19 (coronavirus) does not provide a political figure or nation-state to point at for blame. There is no one to go to war with, and no one to sanction.

April 24, 2020 Read more
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COVID-19 Disinformation Report – Volume 2

The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak is an evolving human tragedy affecting millions of people worldwide. In today’s digital media landscape, any major event, especially one like this, results in opportunistic disinformation dynamics around trending news that seek to cause harm towards brands, governments and the public.

March 17, 2020 Read more
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COVID-19 Disinformation Report – Volume 1

Blackbird.AI uses machine learning, network analysis and propagation patterns to identify and combat disinformation. Our proprietary AI-Driven SaaS platform provides a sophisticated understanding of both manipulation and harmful digital media.

February 19, 2020 Read more
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Fingerprinting Chinese Disinformation Campaigns Report

The Hong Kong Anti-ELAB protests have been going on for several months, having been triggered by a March 31, 2019 bill that would allow extradition from Hong Kong to mainland China or Taiwan.

November 4, 2019 Read more
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Brands – The Next Disinformation Target

Political Propaganda was only the beginning… Part 1 of a 3 Part Series You may be familiar with disinformation as it relates to politics, but in today’s arena, the kinds…

July 22, 2019 Read more
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When Memes Kill: Social Media as a Platform for Violence

Online Communities of Hate: The New Global Terrorism In a matter of a few short years, a small group of toxic individuals began campaigns to spread misinformation to such a…

May 2, 2019 Read more
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Big Social Has Failed Us

2019 is the year we finally realized that our Silicon Valley heroes can’t save us. Too Big to Fight Misinformation Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting…

April 22, 2019 Read more
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The Chief Disinformation Officer: A New Generation in Cyber-Security

Is the “CDiO”, the next hot position in the cybersecurity sector? Misinfo-Ops: Next Generation Cybersecurity As we see the continued spread of misinformation, it becomes blatantly apparent that the landscape…

April 10, 2019 Read more
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Is Censorship the Answer to Disinformation?

The case for “Pre-Bunking” in a post-truth world. We have come to a tipping point in our society that causes us all to question what and who we can trust….

April 3, 2019 Read more
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Hate Has No Borders: Lessons from Christchurch, New Zealand

The alt-right shattered one of Earth’s most peaceful countries. No one can hide, not even the second most peaceful nation in the world: New Zealand. Filled with loving people of…

March 19, 2019 Read more
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Misinformation, Ignorance and Fear: The Hollow Cult of Islamophobia in the United States

Misinformation targeting Muslims is at an all-time high, and hate has reached a fever pitch. Image Source: OImage Source: OpenDemocracypenDemocracy Islamophobia: Hate Not Covered by Freedom of Speech Americans have…

March 15, 2019 Read more
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Letting Go of Confirmation Bias

Confirmation Bias gives us a feel-good feedback loop. To change the system, we have to challenge it. Part of the evolutionary success of human beings has been based on the…

March 14, 2019 Read more
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Political Misinformation and the Threat to Free Democracy

Mud-slinging Has Always Been a Dirty Business. Now, it’s Corrupting the Heart of Our Democracy. Image Source: Magzter There is nothing new about false narratives during political campaigns or even…

March 8, 2019 Read more
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Free Speech versus Hate Speech: How the First Amendment is Being Stretched to its Limits

Hate speech is about to challenge everything we know about freedom of speech. Image Source: Psychology Today Hate: Emotional Manipulation For Spreading Lies For many types of people, hate is…

March 6, 2019 Read more
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The Changing Face of America’s Media Landscape

How propaganda outlets have bought out nearly 25% of local news outlets — and they’re just getting started. Image Source: Rolling Stone “News Deserts” Empower Takeovers The decline of print…

February 28, 2019 Read more
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They’re Watching You! How Data Brokering Prioritizes Profit Over Privacy

Cambridge Analytica was just the tip of the iceberg. Data brokers are bigger, wealthier and sneakier than ever — and making billions by invading your privacy. Image Credit: Golden Frog They did…

February 26, 2019 Read more
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Attention versus Credibility: Communication Challenges in the Post-Trust World

The Attention Economy has hijacked the truth. Experts are evenly split on whether the coming decade will see a reduction in false and misleading narratives online. Those forecasting improvement place…

February 7, 2019 Read more
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YouTube Recommends: Ultraviolence

The scary truth behind YouTube’s rabbit-hole algorithm that’s radicalizing nations. Machine language is controlling what we see and how we think, and as they are getting smarter. People are formulating…

January 25, 2019 Read more
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A Bitter Pill: The Dangers of Medical Misinformation

Getting medical and health advice from your newsfeeds won’t help you get better and can even be fatal. In an era of non-stop and unfiltered information, people are often desperate…

January 25, 2019 Read more
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Fluent in Trolling: How Memetic Warfare Became Russia’s New Battle Strategy

How the pop culture staple is becoming a weapon of war. Image Source: Rolling Stone Memes have been a growing part of the international culture since around 2004, but it…

January 24, 2019 Read more
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Divide and Conquer in the Age of Russian Disinformation Warfare

Russian-created “Fake News” Divided Our Country. Is Conquer Inevitable? Photo Credit: One News Box The idea of lies is as old as humanity itself. There are always undercurrents, jealousies, and…

January 21, 2019 Read more
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The Rashomon Effect: What I Told You Was True, From My Point of View

In a world of alternative realities and multiple reporting systems, we see and hear stories based on the ideology of the viewer.

January 21, 2019 Read more