• How social media bots seed social discord

    Elise Thomas     |      August 7, 2020

    The widespread proliferation of low-quality, unsophisticated but persistent disinformation and political influence efforts on social media can crowd out genuine information.

  • Why do conspiracy theorists film themselves spurning face masks?

    Elise Thomas     |      July 30, 2020

    Taking away the immediate validation which conspiracy theorists are showered with when they post these videos online would remove a lot of the reason for making them in the first place.

  • COVID-19 denial is spreading on social media

    Elise Thomas     |      April 16, 2020

    Governments and health authorities should take steps to tackle the growing pockets of coronavirus denialism within their communities, as a war against this invisible enemy cannot be won if people don’t believe it exists.

  • Unleash innovation to fight COVID-19

    Elise Thomas     |      April 2, 2020

    Amid the darkness of the Covid-19 pandemic, the energy of people around the world who are working together to find solutions is a bright spark. Governments and regulators can catch that spark and magnify it to help light a way out of this crisis.

  • The virus of misinformation

    Elise Thomas     |      March 28, 2020

    Chinese and Russian propaganda which skews the Coronavirus outbreak against the West is being shared and spread by Western conspiracy theorists and threatens to undermine the fight against the disease, as well as rewrite its origins to turn fact into fiction.

  • Hacking the headlines

    Elise Thomas     |      February 6, 2020

    Journalists and media organisations should be asking much tougher questions whenever a cybersecurity company tries to shop them a story that sounds a little too cinematic to be true.

  • Bushfires, bots and the spread of disinformation

    Elise Thomas     |      January 16, 2020

    As fire wreaked havoc across large swathes of the country, online Australia battled another crisis in the form of waves of misinformation and disinformation sweeping across social media.

  • Political ‘doxxing’ – A Hong Kong case study

    Elise Thomas     |      October 4, 2019

    Western social media companies must remain alert to the evolving tactics of those who use their platforms as a weapon against the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement.

  • Hackers for hire pose growing international security risk

    Elise Thomas     |      January 29, 2019

    A hacker has been jailed in the UK over his role in a massive cyberattack in Liberia in 2016, in a case which is likely to be a sign of things to come as hackers for hire become ever more available—and affordable.