Tools, Datasets, and Parallel Projects
- MITH's GitHub repository that contains code used to extract metadata and images from the PDFs released by Facebook to Congress.
- Facebook Ad Archive: a database of Facebook advertisements paid for by political candidates as well as paid for posts that Facebook has designated as "issue ads".
- Pro-Publica Political Ad Collector: a project from ProPublica that allows users to contribute and browse political advertisements collected with a browser plugin.
- Simon Willison created a searchable database of this dataset, which allows keyword searches, information about ad buys, and frequent targets.
Exposes, Context, and Investigative Reports
- The Agency by Adrian Chen. New York Times Magazine, June 7, 2015. One of the first high-profile investigations of the IRA, before the 2016 US Presidential Election.
- Internet Research Agency. Wikipedia. A very detailed description with lots of links to various new stories.
- Operation Infektion: Russian Disinformation from Cold War to Kanye. A New York Times Opinion Video Series. November 11, 2018.
- The Computational Propaganda Project. This multidisciplinary research team from Oxford University has produced some of the most interesting, useful research reports on computational propaganda worldwide.
- "Facebook Enabled Advertisers to Reach 'Jew Haters,'" Pro Publica, September 14, 2017. Expose on microtargeting through Facebook's ad-buying platform.
- Network Propaganda, by Yochai Benkler, Robert Faris, and Hal Roberts, Oxford University Press, 2018. Detailed study of propaganda in 2016 election, available to read free online.
- The Facebook Dilemma, Part 1 and Part 2. PBS Frontline documentary about Facebook's role in hosting computational propaganda. Part 2 focuses on the dataset that is the subject of this site.