At COSMOS, we are studying various aspects of social media and online behavior – the good, bad and the ugly. From Autism awareness campaigns to ISIS’ and anti-West/anti-NATO propaganda campaigns, at COSMOS, Dr. Agarwal is directing several projects with funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), U.S. Army Research Office (ARO), U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR), U.S. Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), and U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Research at COSMOS has made contributions to computational social network analysis and advanced the studies in social cyber security, cyber campaign coordination, identifying powerful actors and groups, disinformation dissemination across social media, cyber threat monitoring, social-cyber forensics, health informatics, data mining, and privacy. COSMOS has developed publicly available social media mining tools, Blogtrackers and YouTubeTracker, used during the NATO’s military exercises. COSMOS participates in the national Tech Innovation Hub launched by the U.S. Department of State’s Global Engagement Center to defeat foreign based propaganda.
New work out with @agarwalnitin on comparing the highly different discourses of 2 China-focused Reddit communities. We investigate what aspects of their discourses most distinguish each from the other via information divergence. #SMSociety @SocMediaConf https://doi.org/10.1145/3400806.3400816
Disinformation campaigns are run like business enterprises & target corporations. B-school students must learn how to craft messages to get ahead of the story & how to extinguish the fires started by disinformation campaigns.—Nitin Agarwal @cosmographers https://bit.ly/2Vusu8v
@CNBC A comprehensive database already exists, thanks to @UALR, @cosmographers and ARA Fellow @agarwalnitin. https://cosmos.ualr.edu/covid-19
The #infodemic can be just as destructive as the #pandemic. @cosmographers, @UALR and @agarwalnitin are working to stop #COVID19 misinformation in its tracks. https://cosmos.ualr.edu/covid-19
Disinformation campaigns are defined by four characteristics: they’re quick-moving, multi-platform, evolving, and seductive.—Nitin Agarwal @cosmographers https://bit.ly/2Vusu8v
Dr. Nitin Agarwal and student researchers are working to warn the public about the dangerous spread of misinformation & scams surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
"There are so many conspiracy theories. They are only going to get worse.”
While false information is hampering the COVID-19 response, coordinated campaigns of lies & fabrications pose a common hazard for every business in today’s digitally connected world—even without a pandemic.—Nitin Agarwal @cosmographers https://bit.ly/2Vusu8v
Baris Kirdemir's paper "TURKEY’S DIGITAL NEWS LANDSCAPE Polarization, Social Media, And Emerging Trends" was recently published by the Cyber Policy Programme at @EdamOrg: https://edam.org.tr/en/https-edam-org-tr-wp-content-uploads-2020-06-turkeys-digital-news-landscape-baris-kirdemir-with-discussion-paper-pdf/