First Monday

First Monday is one of the first openly accessible, peer–reviewed journals solely devoted to research about the Internet. First Monday has published 1,756 papers in 264 issues, written by 2,448 different authors, over the past 22 years. No subscription fees, no submission fees, no advertisements, no fundraisers, no walls.

This month: May 2018
Russian information troops, disinformation, and democracy
This exploratory project studies information-based, computational, and media-related political strategies in Russia. The findings provide a way to see patterns in tactics suggesting ‘hybrid’ or information warfare with several previously unknown centers of activity related to online propaganda, in locations near Russian military and security installations. These findings support assertions that some hacking is likely the work of state-sponsored Russian operatives. This work allows readers to connect events in order to view them together and conceive an online hybrid war with Russia’s potential role in those efforts.
Also this month
Swarm networks and the design process of a distributed meme warfare campaign
This paper aims to develop a systemic perspective of the mechanics of an online memetic warfare campaign. The paper uses as its case study the #DraftOurDaughters campaign, a viral memetic campaign conducted in October 2016 as part of the U.S. presidential election campaign. #DraftOurDaughters was organized and produced by anonymous members of the Internet board 4chan, and then deployed to wider audiences on platforms such as Reddit, Twitter, and Facebook. This process is documented from inception to completion, capturing the swarm-like topology of 4chan’s /pol/ forum, and the logistics of the swarm’s rapid prototyping, coordination, production, and dissemination of content. Through examining these phenomena, this paper provides perspectives on the manifestation of collaborative design practice in online participatory spaces.



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