📢 Out Today: SIO Fellow @mastersonmv & team (Jenni DePew, Katie Jonsson, @ShelbyAPerkins and @0xAA5A) release two reports on the 2020 election & how to secure elections in an information distortion ecosystem actively undermining elections 🧵⤵️ /1
First: an oral history documenting the experiences of elections officials during #election2020. It captures the voices of those that guarded American Democracy through a pandemic, massive mis/disinfo & ongoing threats to them, their staff & families. /2

Second: a report that builds on the oral history by focusing on the ongoing threats against 🇺🇸 American elections & the steps that can be taken to further secure elections in an environment where losers will no longer accept that they lost. /3

... @JocelynBenson @wlaschin @JessicaHuseman @katiehobbs @dhstafford Joe Gloria, Meagan Wolfe, Mark Wlaschin for their service, and for their honesty & bravery in sharing their experience. /5

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8 Jul
We have a new report on a network that Facebook found & suspended, attributed to individuals associated with Jordanian military. The network had a small presence on TikTok & leveraged Clubhouse discussions. 🧵⤵️

Substantively, the network praised Jordan’s King Abdullah II and the country’s military.
We found 3 TikTok accounts tied to the network. We think this is the 1st known case of TikTok coordinated inauthentic behavior, but it was anti-climatic. The accounts re-posted content from Jordanian Air Force TikTok fan accounts & had low engagement & few followers.
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13 Feb
📢 我们Tech team 和 China and Tech research teams今天新发表的研究成果: 我们研究了@joinClubhouse app’s 数据安全措施和中国大陆用户的潜在风险.
🔗 cyber.fsi.stanford.edu/io/news/clubho…

1. AgoraIO, 一家位于上海的初创企业,一般被猜测为Clubhouse提供了后端平台

2. @joinClubhouse用户ID(而不是用户名,更像是唯一的序列号)是通过Internet以纯文本格式传输的,因此很容易被拦截。聊天室ID(再次不是房间名称,更像是序列号)也以明文形式传输。 

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13 Feb
📢 New work out today from our Tech team & China research team: @joinClubhouse app recently became popular in 🇨🇳. We looked at its data security practices & found a potential risk to mainland Chinese users.

🔗 cyber.fsi.stanford.edu/io/news/clubho…

Here are our key findings 👋🧵⤵️

(1) .@AgoraIO, a Shanghai-based startup, provides the backend platform to Clubhouse. This has been widely suspected.

(2) .@joinClubhouse user IDs (not their username — more like a unique serial number) are transmitted in plaintext over the internet, making them trivial to intercept. Chatroom IDs (again, more like serial number) also transmitted in plaintext.

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28 Jan
1/ 📢 Out Today: A new report on the contours of Parler. Our team examines growth dynamics (non) moderation policies, and platform growth in 🇧🇷 and 🇸🇦 .

🔗 and 🧵⤵️

2/ Our analysis pulled data from three snapshots of Parler’s roughly 29 months online. We looked at metrics from the API to map join dates and linguistic patterns on the site.
3/ Parler has roughly 800 moderators, but their moderation practices were purely reactive and did little to filter out spam or fraud accounts.
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8 Oct 20
🚨Today SIO released assessments of 7 #TakedownThursday info ops removals. On @Facebook 1 network attributed to US consultancy Rally Forge & 1 attributed to the Islamic Movement in 🇳🇬. From @TwitterSafety 5 separate networks attributed to 🇮🇷🇸🇦🇨🇺🇹🇭🇷🇺 🧵⤵️
2\ The Rally Forge network was an astroturfing operation involving fake accounts (some w/AI-gen faces) that left thousands of comments on FB, Twitter, & Instagram. Clients included Turning Point Action and Inclusive Conservation Group, a pro-hunting org cyber.fsi.stanford.edu/io/news/oct-20…
3\ The 🇳🇬 network is linked to the Islamic Movement in Nigeria. With fake accounts, it advocated for the release from prison of IMN leader Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky. cyber.fsi.stanford.edu/io/news/islami…
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