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Fri, Jun 5, 2020

Operation Carthage: How a Tunisian company conducted influence operations in African presidential elections

A Tunisia-based company operated a sophisticated digital campaign involving multiple social media platforms and websites in an attempt to influence the country’s 2019 presidential election, as well as other recent elections in Africa. In an exclusive investigation that began in September 2019, the DFRLab uncovered dozens of online assets with connections to Tunisian digital communications firm UReputation. On June 5, 2020, after conducting its own investigation, Facebook announced it had taken down more than 900 assets affiliated with the UReputation operation, including 182 user accounts, 446 pages, and 96 groups, as well as 209 Instagram accounts. The operation also involved the publication of multiple Francophone websites, some going back more than five years.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Andy Carvin, Luiza Bandeira, Graham Brookie, Iain Robertson, Nika Aleksejeva, Alyssa Kann, Kanishk Karan, Ayushman Kaul, Tessa Knight, Jean le Roux, Roman Osadchik, Esteban Ponce de Leon

Africa Disinformation
Operation Secondary Infektion

Sat, Jun 22, 2019

Operation Secondary Infektion

A Russian-based information operation used fake accounts, forged documents, and dozens of online platforms to spread stories.

Report by Nika Aleksejeva, Lukas Andriukaitis, Luiza Bandeira, Donara Barojan, Graham Brookie, Eto Buziashvili, Andy Carvin, Kanishk Karan, Ben Nimmo, Iain Robertson, and Michael Sheldon

Disinformation English
Pakistan Army's Covert Social Network

Mon, Apr 1, 2019

Pakistan Army’s Covert Social Network

Individuals linked to the Pakistan Army’s public-relations division ran a network of covert Facebook and Instagram pages until Facebook removed the pages.

Article by Ben Nimmo and Kanishk Karan

Disinformation English

Kanishk Karan is a Research Associate at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) based in Washington, D.C.

At the DFRLab, Karan analyzes influence campaigns using open-source methods. His methodology combines programming and open-source ways to conduct digital verifications. He is one of the first researchers to study the Russian Twitter troll farm that meddled in the 2016 US elections. Karan’s work has been featured by numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Reuters, and others.