In-Depth Research & ReportsJun 29, 2023
The disinformation landscape in West Africa and beyond
By Tessa Knight, Jean le Roux
A look at West Africa’s information environment, with particular emphasis on local and international disinformation campaigns targeting the region and beyond.
ReportApr 20, 2022
China’s discourse power operations in the Global South
By Kenton Thibaut
An overview of China’s discourse power activities in the Global South, including the regions of Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. It outlines the processes through which China leverages its diplomatic, media, and political positions in these regions to gain influence, and assesses the impacts of these activities for democratic resilience worldwide.
In-Depth Research & ReportsFeb 14, 2021
Weaponized: How rumors about COVID-19’s origins led to a narrative arms race
By Luiza Bandeira, Nika Aleksejeva, Tessa Knight, Jean le Roux, Graham Brookie, Iain Robertson, Andy Carvin, Zarine Kharazian
A joint research project from the Digital Forensic Research Lab and the Associate Press on information environments during the first six months of COVID-19.
Jean le Roux is a research associate for the Sub-Saharan Africa region at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) based in South Africa.
Jean’s research is focused on disinformation, misinformation and digital propaganda campaigns within Africa. He has a particular interest in capacitating journalists and students to conduct open source investigations, building digital resilience and fostering a new generation of #DigitalSherlocks.
Jean has a bachelor’s degree in law and has conducted high profile corruption, maladministration and misconduct investigations within the government and financial services sectors. He has extensive experience in conducting open source investigations cultivated during his 10-year career as a journalist, investigator and analyst.