Talks

Happenstance: Utilizing Semantic Search to Track Russian State Media Narratives about the Russo-Ukrainian War On Reddit

May 11, 2022

Talk, Stanford Security Lunch, Stanford, CA

In this work, we study the most prominent disinformation narratives being touted by the Russian government to English-speaking audiences. To do this we perform topic analysis using the large-language model MPNet on articles published by nine different Russian disinformation websites and the new Russian “fact-checking” website waronfakes.com. We then map Reddit comments to the topics being promoted by these disinformation websites.

No Calm in the Storm

September 08, 2021

Talk, Stanford Security Lunch, Stanford, CA

In this talk, we explore using web crawls seeded from two of the largest QAnon hotbeds on the Internet, Voat and 8kun, to build a hyperlink graph in order to study the QAnon conspiracy theory.