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Online Political Trolls
target="_blank"Political trolls

Operation KOT: User network uses coordinated amplification of anti-Ruto hashtags on Twitter, in a likely attempt to spread disinformation. June 2020

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Covid-19 lockdown package scam
target="_blank"Covid-19 package scam

How users in African countries are scammed into sharing their banking information during the Covid-19 lockdown period. July 2020

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Ethiopia's hacktivism
target="_blank"Ethiopia's hacktivism

How the Ethiopian diaspora community spearheaded the Hashtag Activism after the assassination of Haacaaluu Hundessa. August 2020

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Inauthentic Facebook Job Ads
target="_blank"Inauthentic Job Ads

How inauthentic Facebook pages impersonating prominent companies lured Kenyan citizens with lucrative job opportunities.

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Free Internet Scam
target="_blank"Free Internet Scam

How purported access to data bundles is used as a monetisation scheme that relies on racking up fake ad clicks.

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The Anti-China Trolls
target="_blank"The Anti-China Trolls

How a cluster of accounts leveraged on past controversies to spread a narrative of unauthorised Chinese surveillance on Africa.

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Human Trafficking Hotpot Mapping
target="_blank"Human Trafficking Hotpots

An investigation into alleged human trafficking hotspots mentioned across social media platforms.

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The BBI report
target="_blank"The BBI report

How influential and prominent accounts amplified online conversations that were either supportive or critical of the BBI report.

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Uganda in Crisis
target="_blank"Uganda in Crisis

An investigation into misinformation and social media activity during Uganda's protests leading up to the elections.

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Kenya's Keyboard Warriors
target="_blank"Kenya's Keyboard Warriors

How opposing online groups coordinated to amplify political narratives against each other on social media.

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Disinfo in Cote d'Ivoire
target="_blank"Disinfo in Cote d'Ivoire

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The Blue Nile Conflict
target="_blank"Conflict at the source of the Blue Nile

How Ethiopian rivalling forces are hulling hostile sentiments online.

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Political hashtag trends
target="_blank"Political hashtag trends

An analysis of political hashtag trends between May and June 2021.

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Ethical hashtag trends
target="_blank"Ethical hashtag trends

An analysis of ethical hashtag trends between May and June 2021.

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Twitter propaganda machine
target="_blank"Twitter propaganda machine

How a network of paid agents uses online “astroturfing” campaigns to set political agendas.

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TrollTracker
target="_blank"TrollTracker

Polarising deleted tweets from previously identified Twitter trolls that continued to participate in political campaigns in Kenya.

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#RacistEU hashtag
target="_blank"#RacistEU hashtag

How online groups coordinated to amplify the #RacistEU hashtag after the start of the Russia-Ukraine crisis.

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Burkina Faso
target="_blank"Burkina Faso: Russian support

Pro-Russian support increased in the Sahel, with residents of Burkina Faso holding Russian flags while celebrating recent coup.

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Ukraine Fallout: Case study of Kenya
target="_blank"Ukraine Fallout

This research piece looks at the coverage of the Russia-Ukraine war on Kenya’s social media space.

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TheOdingasExposed hashtag
target="_blank"TheOdingasExposed hashtag

How online groups coordinated to amplify the #TheOdingasExposed and #RejectRailaOdinga.

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The Madoadoa Rampage
target="_blank"The Madoadoa Rampage

An investigation into the virality of the term 'Madoadoa' and why its mention sparks social media rampage in Kenya.

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