Influence Operations Researchers’ Guild
This application process is designed to bolster and add depth to a community of influence operations investigators who have undertaken to follow high research standards. The focus of the network will be on improving research standards by convening the best practitioners in one network and transparently sharing lessons learned with the wider community. Before submitting an application to the Guild, please ensure you have been in contact with the Guild Manager (Dean.Jackson@ceip.org) who assesses all potential candidates prior to application.
Applications are open to both individual researchers and organizations exploring influence operations, specifically those conducting:
All applicants will be asked to demonstrate:
Duties of Guild members include:
After being completed, the application, follow-up communications, and interviews will be compiled into a dossier that will be reviewed by leading experts in the field. This Review Committee will assess applications on a case-by-case basis against transparent and objective criteria as outlined in the application form. New applications will only be accepted from organizations recommended by a Guild member and will be limited to 10 per calendar year. Applicants must be referred by an existing Guild member.
The application process is managed using Submittable. Click the link below to access the application form, and please direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Curious if you or your organization are a good fit for the Guild? Download one of our prompt sheets for a clear set of guidelines to support the assessment of applications from organizations and individuals for the Influence Operations Researchers’ Guild.
ASPI provides expert advice on a wide range of issues – including influence operations through its International Cyber Policy Centre. Its diverse operations range from policy-informing research to capacity-building trainings and workshops, all of which has made ASPI an influential voice in global policy debates.
The Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Lab (DFRLab) has operationalized the study of disinformation, exposing falsehoods and fake news, documenting human rights abuses, and building a digital resilience worldwide.
Cardiff’s OSCAR (Open Source Communications Analytics Research) programme has been designed to deliver conceptual and methodological advances that enhance understanding of the strategies, tactics and impacts of digital (dis)information operations.
Graphika leverages the power of artificial intelligence to create detailed maps of social media landscapes, using new analytical methods and tools to help partners navigate complex online networks.
The Stanford Internet Observatory is a cross-disciplinary program of research, teaching and policy engagement for the study of abuse in current information technologies, with a focus on social media. The Observatory is part of the Cyber Policy Center at Stanford University.
MediaLab is part of Lisbon University’s Communication Science Laboratory (CIES). We research and analyze how communication process have been shaped by the emergence of internet and social media, addressing issues such as how disinformation and counter-narratives circulate online, how they are built and shared, and how information disorders reflect other social issues like trust and digital literacy.
Mike Caulfield is currently the director of blended and networked learning at Washington State University Vancouver. An early believer in the idea of civic digital literacies, his work in this area intensified in spring of 2016. His February 2017 work, Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers, won the Merlot Award for best open learning resource in the ICT category. He was a runner up in the Rita Allen/RTI International Misinformation Solutions Award (2018). His SIFT model, a practical approach to quick source and claim investigation, encourages readers to take a minute or two to seek out basic information about sources and claims before they engage more deeply with media, and, if necessary, to move on to better material. It is based on research of Sam Wineburg and his own experiences helping faculty to teach critical consumption in the classroom. (photo credit Leah Nash)
Jonathan Corpus Ong is associate professor of global digital media at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst. His research on the shadowy political trolling industries in Southeast Asia uses ethnography to understand the identities and motivations of disinformation producers. His policy engagement with the Philippines' election commission led to policy change in social media political advertising in the 2019 Philippines Elections. He is currently research fellow at the Shorenstein Center of Harvard Kennedy School where he studies 1) Covid-19 racism and disinformation, 2) conspiracy theory in tarot and astrology online communities, and 3) the human costs of targeted harassment from the perspective of communications and tech workers in human rights organizations.
Tarunima Prabhakar is the co-founder and research lead at Tattle Civic Tech and a non-resident fellow at Carnegie India. At Tattle, she coordinates work on community driven approaches to misinformation response in India. Her broader research interests are around the implications of prediction algorithms on development imperatives and democratic processes. As a practitioner, she has worked on ICTD and Data driven development projects with non-profits and tech companies in Asia and the United States.
Joanna Rohozinska is the resident program director for Europe with the International Republican Institute. Based in Brussels she oversees IRI’s Beacon Project, which focuses on building resilient democracies. Joanna has been engaged in programs in the post-Communist space for over 20 years, living and working in several countries in the region, and joined IRI after more than a decade with the National Endowment for Democracy’s Europe programme. She holds a graduate degree in Russian and European history from the University of Toronto where she focused on nationalism and foreign policy issues within the Russian and Soviet Empires.
Eneken Tikk (dr.iur) is executive producer of the Cyber Policy Institute (CPI) in Lieksa, Finland and associate researcher at the Erik Castrén Institute of Helsinki University. She began her career as a lawyer with interest in ICTs and public international law and she has been part of developing Estonian data protection, public e-services and cybersecurity legislation. Dr. Tikk was member of the team that started the NATO CCD COE, where she established and led the legal and policy branch. During her term as senior fellow for cyber security at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS, 2012-2016), Eneken published the Strategic Dossier on the Evolution of the Cyber Domain. She advised the Estonian expert in the UN GGE (2012-2013, 2014-2015 and 2016-2017), advising the Estonian experts on international law, international cyber policy and cyber diplomacy. Eneken leads the Cyber Conflict Prevention project at CPI and heads the 1nternat10nal Law project focused on applying international law to state uses of ICTs. She is co-editor of the Routledge Handbook on International Cybersecurity (2020).