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DD-MAC fieldwork trip to Addis Abeba

Mulatu Alemayehu, Samba Dialimpa Badji and Kristin Skare Orgeret did fieldwork in Addis Ababa 12-18 March 2023. They carried out qualitative interviews with eleven media leaders, editors and journalists in Addis Ababa and organized an additional round table session with another ten informants focusing on fact checking where Bruce Mutsvairo also participated online. It is…

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“Digital warfare in the Sahel: popular networks of war and Cultural Violence”

This spring, Mirjam de Bruijn starts a new research project funded by NWO. The project, titled Digital warfare in the Sahel: popular networks of war and Cultural Violence, is an interdisciplinary endeavour in collaboration with DDMAC, as well as Digital Humanities at Leiden University, in which a team of researchers will study (trans)national ethnic and…

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TikTok and the Tigrayan Conflict

Master student Chiara Cozzatella and Research Master student Pieter Roden wrote a blog as part of a course at Leiden University. In this research project we aimed at understanding how the recent Tigrayan conflict is portrayed via TikTok. The short-form audio-visual content and young audience of TikTok provide an interesting insight into the conflict. Despite…

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Factforward: reflections on a future of disinformation

Stories on artificial intelligence, such as deepfakes, Google voice generators, and the impact of conversation chatbots like ChatGPT, seem to occupy disinformation researchers at the time. Seeing-is-believing does no longer uphold and neither can people always trust their ears. The AI tools are powerful for producing deliberately misleading information, as people can now easily make…

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