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  • NYT: Privacy, Propaganda and Profit in Silicon Valley

    Internet titans, including Facebook, empowered hucksters and propagandists stoking fear and hate, and misled the public about their behavior.
  • How Despots Use Twitter to Hunt Dissidents

    Ben Elgin and Peter Robison showed how Twitter, while cultivating an image as a protector of civil liberties, has in fact been selling its so-called Firehose of metadata to companies that repackage it for analysis by police and security agencies across the globe.
  • Cuba Twitter

    To the annals of American subterfuge in Fidel and Raul Castro’s Cuba, The Associated Press revealed a new and astonishing case: the curious story of a fake “Cuban Twitter.” The idea was to create a cellphone text messaging service to provoke unrest and undermine Cuba’s communist government. It was hatched in 2010 by the U.S. Agency for International Development, an agency best known for distributing billions of dollars in humanitarian aid. This package not only details the "Cuban Twitter" program, but describes other covert operations run out of USAID over the past year.
  • Fatal Encounters

    Fatal Encounters is a six-part series regarding issues surrounding officer-involved homicides in the United States that was published in the Reno News & Review. It was begun more than a year before the events in Ferguson, Missouri, and other similar incidents, but started publishing in February 2014. There were also integrated social media campaigns on Twitter and Facebook. Major findings are that government does not accurately collect statistics regarding officer-involved homicides, law enforcement agencies are often resistant to following public records laws regarding issues of officer-involved homicides, officers involved are almost invariably damaged psychologically, mental illness is a very large factor in who gets killed by police, and collecting substantial data is no longer solely the province of big media or the government.
  • South Korean Spy Agency’s Illegal Campaigning on SNS Before 2012 Presidential Election

    Newstapa, also known as Korea Center for Investigative Journalism, investigated suspicions about the spy agency’s involvement in the presidential election of 2012, since early March, 2013. With the use of a social web analysis tool, Newstapa disclosed some 600 Twitter accounts suspected to be related to the spy agency. After studying Social Network Analysis of 280,000 Twitter postings, it revealed that at least 10 groups systematically operated on Twitter. The in-depth reporting exploited social science research methods to disclose the involvement of South Korea’s highest-level intelligence agency, which is banned from political meddling, in the presidential election of 2012. The findings of the reports have been confirmed to be true by prosecutors’ investigations.
  • Big Brands on Campus

    "Big Brands on Campus" was a six-month investigation of the apparel contracts between universities and Nike, Adidas and Under Armour. At a time of boiling controversy about big money in amateur sports, it raised alarming questions about the influence of sneaker companies on college campuses. The series included three exhaustive print stories, two interactive maps, two databases, six slideshows and a dozen blog posts as well as extensive interaction with readers on Twitter.
  • Operation Blue Virus

    Operation Blue Virus is an investigation into the illegal and unethical online practices of social media marketing companies in India. Cobrapost exposes how social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and others are coming in handy for politicians to artificially boost their popularity, and malign their opponents, with help of IT companies across India which specialize in providing customized online reputation management services, for a fee. About two dozen such companies have been uncovered. The exposed companies across the country are engaged in a racket of reputation management, offering fake fan-following on social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, and negative publicity to sully the reputation of a political leader, or a corporate house, for money. Among their clients are corporate houses, big or small, NGOs, scam-tainted senior government officials, individual politicians and political parties.
  • Confirmation of 10 groups of Twitter accounts allegedly used by spy agents to meddle in politics

    The stories are among a series of investigative reports that have been conducted by Newstapa, also known as Korea Center for Investigative Journalism, since March 1 this year to reveal suspicions about the spy agency’s involvement in the presidential election of 2012. With the use of a social web analysis tool, Newstapa disclosed some 600 Twitter accounts suspected to be related to the spy agency. After studying Social Network Analysis of 280,000 Twitter postings, it revealed that at least 10 groups systematically operated on Twitter. The in-depth reporting exploited social science research methods to disclose the involvement of South Korea’s highest-level intelligence agency, which is banned from political meddling, in the presidential election of 2012. The findings of the reports have been confirmed to be true by prosecutors’ investigations.
  • Assault victim's tweets prompt contempt case

    For 17-year-old Savannah Dietrich, it was like being victimized twice – first by the two boys who sexually assaulted her while she was passed out and then sent photos of the assault to their friends; secondly, by a secretive juvenile justice system that appeared more interested in protecting her attackers than her. Frustrated by what she felt was a lenient plea bargain for her two attackers, Savannah lashed out on Twitter – despite a judge’s warning that no one should talk about the incident because the case was in juvenile court. "There you go, lock me up," Savannah tweeted, as she named the boys who she said sexually assaulted her. "I'm not protecting anyone that made my life a living Hell." Though threatened with contempt of court, Savannah refusal to stay quiet, and her decision to talk publicly to Courier-Journal reporter Jason Riley resulted in a series of stories that drew national attention and helped pry the lid off Kentucky’s secretive juvenile courts – potentially opening more cases in the future to ensure justice is done.
  • Social network analysis of high-ranking officials in S. Korean government

    It is a social network analysis-based investigative reporting on high ranking public officials in the Lee Myung-bak administration and his presidential office. Since its launch in 2008, the Lee administration has been criticized for the dark side of spoils system or cronyism in personnel affairs. The JoongAng Ilbo investigated on the "chain of relationships" among 944 high-ranking officials and President Lee for the last four years. We also used text-mining methodology on social media, such as Internet blogs and twitter, which showed the public's sentiments toward the cronyism of the Lee government.