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As the US midterms approach, ISD analysts are monitoring threats to officials, election workers, and voters, across a range of online spaces, with increased concern. On the same day as Head of Elections Jiore Craig spoke to CNN about the risks posed by poll watchers, a man allegedly sought to kidnap or assassinate Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Suspect David Depaper is alleged to have attacked her husband with a hammer and has being charged with, among other things, attempted murder. ISD's analysis of suspect David DePape's online footprint and conspiratorial beliefs led ABC News' coverage of the attack. 

Simultaneously, new owner of Twitter Elon Musk has begun to allow election denying candidates back on to the platform, permitting them to continue to spread anti-democratic narratives to a wide audience. This action will only exacerbate the damage being caused to democracy by those seeking to undermine the electoral process.
100 Days after US Supreme Court decision overturns Roe v. Wade: Are platforms doing enough? 
Oct 2 marked 100 days since Roe v. Wade was overturned. What are major social media platforms doing to ensure Americans have access to accurate abortion care information? Our latest report assesses whether Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and TikTok are taking steps to counter abortion-related misinformation.

Coverage available in Axios
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First evaluation of London's Shared Endeavour Fund: £800,000 awarded to 31 projects addressing intolerance, hate & extremism 
Launched in 2020, the Fund awarded £800,000 to civil society and community-based organisations that addressed a range of recognised harms related to hate and extremism, including racism, antisemitism, anti-Muslim hate, mis- and disinformation, and polarisation and radicalisation. ISD's external evaluation of the fund's first iteration is now available on our website, and finds that the fund successfully built Londoners' resilience to intolerance.
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ISD Germany researches right-wing extremist online subcultures: reports now available in English 
Since 2021, ISD Germany has extensively researched the far-right's use of alt-platforms. Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Justice, the project "Countering radicalisation in right-wing extremist online subcultures" reports were initially released in German. All five reports are now available in English. 
In advance of COP27, Climate Action Against Disinformation (CAAD) has launched its latest initiative to track ‘discourses of delay’ and anti-climate lines of attack at the transnational level. Monitoring will analyse content across public Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, Telegram, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube on a daily basis, focussing on efforts to undermine or overturn key negotiated outcomes in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

The Intelligence Unit, overseen by ISD, brings together partners from across the climate and disinformation analysis sectors. Building on last year's unprecedented efforts to map and respond to climate disinformation which culminated in ISD's landmark report, 'Deny, Deceive, Delay', the unit will focus on emerging trends and shifts in the geopolitical landscape since countries last convened at COP26 in Glasgow. These include how climate mis/disinformation intersects with the fallout from Russia's invasion of Ukraine, as well as responses to global 'cost of living' crises and economic downturns.

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With a little over a week to go until election day in the US, platforms are failing to address election mis- and disinformation. ISD commentary on how platforms are failing to curb election fraud narratives can be found in BloombergAxios and The New York Times.

Some Trump supporters are pre-emptively accusing Democrats of voter fraud & calling for action that might intimidate voters. Head of Elections Jiore Craig and Senior Analyst Katherine Keneally spoke with The Daily Beast and TIME about it. 
Wikipedians are a global community, 43 million strong, charged with both editing and securing the site from vandalism. But can state-backed actors infiltrate this tight-knit group? WIRED covered ISD's investigation on it. 
Axios covered ISD's recent report on the spread of misinformation in the lead up to the Supreme Court decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization in late June.

Research Manager Cécile Simmons wrote about the latest delayism trends of climate sceptics for French newspaper Libération. She talks about the energy crisis in France, risks for new conspiratorial narratives and COP27. 

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