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14 December, 2020

How YouTube spreads COVID Disinformation

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YouTube is a major source of disinformation about COVID-19.

290,000 Americans have already died from COVID-19, yet people protest wearing masks and are skeptical of vaccinations. How does disinformation manipulate people into risky behavior? Who gains from spreading disinformation that might result in avoidable deaths? Why does YouTube spread disinformation?

Background
This blog is based on discussions with Dr. Nitin Agarwal at UA Little Rock and an expert in disinformation. His research is supported by U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Office of Naval Research (ONR), Army Research Office (ARO), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Nitin directs the Collaboratorium for Social Media and Online Behavioral Studies (COSMOS) which researches disinformation dissemination and participates in the national Tech Innovation Hub launched by the U.S. Department of State’s Global Engagement Center to defeat foreign based propaganda. Other resources:
Trend Micro Report on using Propaganda to Influence Opinion
Lockheed Martin Cyber Kill Chain: Proactively Detect Persistent Threats
YouTube By The Numbers
COVID Tracking Project

Understand the threat

The Cyber Kill Chain model developed by Lockheed Martin explains the steps that an adversary must complete to achieve their objectives. The kill model shows how to recognize disinformation based social engineering attacks designed to manipulate public opinion.

Eight steps of the Cyber Kill Chain.

Spreading disinformation

Social media is ideal suited to spread disinformation as content as stories can be planted without the due diligence of professional journalists and then be amplified through bots and paid workers. YouTube spreads disinformation effectively as its algorithm determines what 70% of people watch. YouTube makes money by selling ads so the longer a viewer stays on its platform, the more money it makes. YouTube makes the same amount of money in serving an ads next to disinformation videos as it does serving ads next to videos with truthful content. Disinformation tends to be sensational and plays to people's biases making them more likely to hook viewers. How big is YouTube?

• YouTube is the 2nd most visited site with 37% of all mobile internet traffic
73% of U.S. adults use YouTube whose revenue in 2019 was $15.1 billion
• YouTube video influencers with 500-5k followers charge about $315 per video
• YouTube pays $18 per 1,000 ad views on average and paid over $2 billion to content creation partners

YouTube profits from videos being viral than being factual. Virality over veracity.
FOX propagates disinformation on YouTube.

How YouTube picks videos to recommend

YouTube like other social media firms makes money selling ads and collecting information on users that can be sold to marketers. The longer people stay on YouTube, the more ads they can be served. I order to do this, YouTube recommends videos to watch based on the number of times it has already been viewed, the number of likes and comments it has received. Disinformation actors know this and manipulate the YouTube algorithm to recommend their videos by:
- Releasing many videos on a topic in order to to create the impression of a lot of interest about that topic
- Having bots and paid workers ‘view’ and ‘like’ their videos
- Have mobs of commenters add their comments to the videos. YouTube suggests to viewers that, “people who commented on the video you are watching also commented on a bunch of these other videos. So maybe you’d like to see those videos too…”

Disinformation videos can be detected based on the large number of videos being posted by a user (dozens per day), sudden spikes in the number of views, subscribers and comments.

Sudden spikes in the number of views and subscribers is a good indication of suspicious behavior on YouTube.
Mobs of paid commenters will add comments to videos from others members of their mob in order to boost their collective exposure.

Follow the (blood) money

Blood money comes at the cost of someone else's life. Beyond political motivations, where is the money in spreading disinformation?
- Firms that sell phantom YouTube subscribers so as boost a video's ranking
- App vendors who sell apps to create disinformation and deep fakes videos
- YouTube profits from selling ads next to videos filled with disinformation. A percentage of this revenue is paid to the person behind the video which generated viewership.
- Advertisers may be paying YouTube for ads being shown to phantom viewers. What do they get for their advertising fees?

YouTube profits from selling ads next to videos with disinformation
Mapping Google Share Price vs. Number of daily deaths from COVID-19.

Take Away
Shouting 'FIRE!' in a crowded building may land you in court, but some vendors will still sell the shouter a megaphone. The high tech equivalent is a platform like YouTube that profits from distributing disinformation which may harm the public. There has be more regulation in the public interest.

Firms advertising on YouTube should also check that their YouTube ads are being seen by real humans and not just bots.

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Fox News opinion programs are the biggest source of disinformation. DDAD Defenders of Democracy Against Disinfo is a grassroots, nonprofit group. They have analyzed how Fox...

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23 Mar’ 2022

Stop paying FOX to spread Russian propaganda #UNFOXmycablebox

How do cable companies force you to pay for FOX even if you don't watch? How does FOX use your money to spread Russian propaganda? What...

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18 Mar’ 2022

Democracy is on the Ballot. Mapping where Election Deniers are Running For Office.

Why do people who don't believe in fair elections run for office? They'll get to control how (and if) future elections will be run and votes...

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6 Mar’ 2022

DeSantistan : Crowdsourced news fights the Supreme Leader’s propaganda

How do you fight a propaganda machine? Have volunteers crowdsource the facts and make it easy for the public to see what's really going on. A...

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28 Feb’ 2022

Republican dogwhistle politics explained

Republicans use dogwhistles to send racist messages that many can't hear. How are dogwhistles used to persuade people to vote against their own self-interest? What are...

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26 Feb’ 2022

Facebook spreads right wing disinfo ignoring its own policies

Why does Facebook spread right wing disinformation ignoring its own policies? Follow the connections. Popular Info exposed how the DC Enquirer gets so much exposure on...

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23 Feb’ 2022

Google’s lucrative hypocrisy explained

How does Google profit from advertising phony offers targeting seniors without facing any consequence? Google's code of conduct used to be 'Do no evil'. Google has...

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19 Feb’ 2022

Issue needing attention? Try mischief!

Need media exposure for your cause? Listen to The Yes Men. How do grassroots groups move public opinion with few resources and little time? Protest creatively...

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17 Feb’ 2022

Corporations fund Florida politicians pushing ‘Don’t say gay’ bill

Corporations claim to support LGBTQ rights, but donate to politicians who would punish teachers who discuss it. Corporate hypocrisy at its finest. But don't say greed....

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7 Feb’ 2022

Legitimate Political Discourse isn’t mob violence

G.O.P. Declares Jan. 6 Attack ‘Legitimate Political Discourse’ "The Republican National Committee voted to censure Representatives Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger for participating in the inquiry...

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6 Feb’ 2022

Spotify boycott grows as more artists protest their music being used to fund racism. Follow the money.

Follow the money to see how Spotify exploits musicians by paying them $0.0033 per song streamed while paying Rogan $100 million for a podcast with racism...

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4 Feb’ 2022

Fight disinformation. Demand AdTech platforms stop funding sites that spread racism and hate.

Amazon, Google and Facebook report billions in ad revenues. Right wing websites spread hate, racism and COVID conspiracy theories. What's the connection? Right wing groups use...

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2 Feb’ 2022

Twelve trusted resources on disinformation and other threats to democracy

Fighting the dark side? Trusted guide you will use. Take a trusted guide whether you're fighting Darth Vader destroying galaxies or the dark forces attacking American...

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30 Jan’ 2022

Spotify removes Neil Young over COVID misinfo protest. Follow the money to see why.

"Spotify removes Neil Young following rocker’s protest over COVID-19 misinformation" - PBS “I realized I could not continue to support Spotify’s life-threatening misinformation to the music...

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21 Jan’ 2022

Jan 6 Insurrection Map expands with new information

The Jan 6 Committee has issued more indictments and is questioning more people as the investigation expands. The relationship map has been expanded to include this...

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20 Jan’ 2022

Describe the Jan 6th insurrection and election sabotage clearly with the right messaging frame

Use the right messaging to explain the Jan 6th insurrection and how the people behind it are now passing bills to steal our freedom to vote....

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18 Jan’ 2022

Follow the money Spotify makes streaming COVID misinfo

Over 2,000 Americans die from COVID every day. Yet, Spotify continues to stream COVID misinformation. Why? Follow the money. "Hundreds of scientists, professors and public health...

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16 Jan’ 2022

Jan 6 Insurrection map of the people and money behind the plot to overthrow an election

Follow the money to trace who did what in the Jan 6th insurrection and how they were funded. Get the big picture as the evidence and...

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10 Jan’ 2022

Defund the Jan 6th insurrection profiteers

How do you make money promoting a violent insurrection? Advertising. Conspiracies and disinformation thrive online. Who are the worst culprits? Who funds them? What can be...

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8 Jan’ 2022

Hate has consequences

Hate mongers pay a price when exposed. How do you find out about racists and white supremacists who would rather stay anonymous? One People's Project (OPP) monitors...

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7 Jan’ 2022

Domestic political terrorism

Democracies depend on the freedom to vote. Political violence to steal power is a clear and present danger. This StoryMap is based on Clinton Watts recent article in Selected...

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3 Jan’ 2022

Disinformation 101

How to Spot Fake News: A Disinformation Check List Vaccination is a good defense against COVID. Inoculation works similarly and builds your resistance against being infected...

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27 Dec’ 2021

“How to make gazillions spreading misinformation with algorithms like Facebook” — Dr. Evil

Spreading misinformation is a money making scheme. Just ask Dr. Evil* His secret guide explains (along with real examples) how to make gazillions spreading spreading misinformation...

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23 Dec’ 2021

The FCC should hold Facebook accountable for spreading COVID misinfo

The media influences people's decision on whether to get vaccinated. Some media companies make money from COVID misinformation by selling more ads. The FCC regulates TV...

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18 Dec’ 2021

Republican obstruction prevents FCC regulation of COVID misinformation platforms

800,000 Americans dead from COVID. Republicans serve their billionaire media donors and block the FCC from enforcing its mandate to serve the 'public interest'. When do...

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16 Dec’ 2021

Lawsuits punish domestic terrorists and conspiracists

How can domestic terrorists and conspiracists be made to pay for the harm they cause? Law suits that claim damages. This blog shares groups fighting violence...

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11 Dec’ 2021

Follow the dark money funding ELECTION SABOTAGE

Election sabotage isn't cheap. Follow the dark money funding media outlets spreading disinformation and corporate politicians willing to sabotage elections for their billionaire donors. The scheme...

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30 Nov’ 2021

Billionaire owned media outlets distort news to favor the rich

Image: Succession on HBO Unemployment is at all time lows. Working families get more healthcare and money for childcare. Vaccinations save lives. But you'd never know....

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26 Nov’ 2021

Project Veritas agent? Check their identity with free Google facial recognition.

'Project Veritas sting operations employ people who mask their real identities to infiltrate target organizations.' (NYT). Check to see if you're being targeted with free Google...

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23 Nov’ 2021

Use ethnic media outlets to reach minority communities

Ethnic news outlets offer relevant and accurate news coverage to their communities. They counter-balance the negative messages and racist story selection from some large corporate news...

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9 Nov’ 2021

How Google helps spread right wing disinformation

Billionaires get a tax deduction for funding sites spreading disinfo! Google promotes the sites in search rankings getting them more exposure. What gives? Follow the money....

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2 Nov’ 2021

Joel Kaplan: Zuck’s fixer and GOP operative

Facebook spreads Republican disinformation and promotes right-wing conspiracy theories. Meet Joel Kaplan, Republican operative and Zuckerberg fixer. "Kaplan is Facebook's vice president of global public policy. He...

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26 Oct’ 2021

Zuckerberg sings ‘Oops… I did it again’ in spoof of Brittany classic

Funny videos go far on social media. Spread your message with videos created with the free iMovie app. "For Zuckerberg, profit trumps free speech. Zuckerberg frequently deflects...

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24 Oct’ 2021

COVID collateral damage map of politicians ready to sacrifice your life to get re-elected

45 million confirmed COVID cases. Over 735,000 deaths as of 10/24/21. Yet Republican Governors and 24 Attorney Generals oppose vaccinations? Check the facts and decide whose...

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18 Oct’ 2021

Virginia Election: Youngkin morphs into Trump

Virginia GOP candidate Youngkin tries to distance himself from Trump. Activists create GIFs to highlight their similarities. "Trump has endorsed Youngkin. "A great gentleman. We've got...

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3 Oct’ 2021

FOX News advertisers fund Tucker Carlson spreading racism and COVID disinfo

Who are FOX's biggest advertisers supporting Tucker Carlson spreading racism? Which FOX directors are connected with Stanford, Georgetown and The Nature Conservancy? How do people and...

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20 Sep’ 2021

Will there be a hospital bed available if you need it?

Ambulances wait for hours to get patients into overcrowded hospitals. Even the vaccinated are denied medical treatment because hospitals are filled with COVID patients - many...

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17 Sep’ 2021

Humor gets your point across

How do you simplify complex issues? Increase the chances of your message being shared? Use a political cartoon. Cartoons are powerful. They get people's attention and...

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14 Sep’ 2021

Amazon’s lethal COVID hypocrisy

Amazon Leadership Principles declare "Leaders leave things better than how they found them." At the same time Amazon sells books that cast doubt on COVID vaccinations,...

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8 Sep’ 2021

Provide Eviction Protection and other forms while building contact lists automatically with MailBots

Millions of Americans could be left homeless after the Supreme Court's decision to lift the eviction moratorium. How can tenants find the forms that might protect...

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7 Sep’ 2021

Who do they work for? Follow the money with a ‘mind map’.

Follow the money and a person's connections to find their real motivation. "... Tax hikes will cause your life savings to collapse... plan could cause a record-setting depression”...

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5 Sep’ 2021

Will a wildfire, hurricane or flood caused by climate change ruin your home?

A natural disaster reveals a politician's priorities. Are they looking out for your interests or just their donors? It's also a reminder on the importance of...

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30 Aug’ 2021

COVID conspiracy playbook revealed

Conspiracies like COVID are contagious and can be fatal. Learn to spot conspiracy symptoms and how they're spread. Conspiracies manipulate people based on their desire to...

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23 Aug’ 2021

Fight gaslighting. Replay what they said before.

Some people try to rewrite history by denying what they said. Keep them honest by replaying their own words. There's an app for that. The best...

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7 Aug’ 2021

Disinfo kills

Why do people believe fatal lies? How is disinformation cooked up? Who profits from it? What can be done? How are people still falling for disinfo...

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28 Jul’ 2021

Precision canvassing

Companies increase sales by picking store locations with demographic analysis. Use the same approach to decide where to canvas. Center for Common Ground (CCG) is a...

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18 Jul’ 2021

Blood on their hands

COVID is an equal opportunity killer. It doesn't care who you voted for, or even if you voted at all. Death isn't a political issue. Should...

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28 Jun’ 2021

Capitol insurrectionists top FBI’s Most Wanted List, while Republicans deny it happened

As rioters from the Capitol Insurrection top the FBI's most wanted list, Republican's deny that the attack even took place. "On Wednesday, January 6, 2021, the U.S....

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14 Jun’ 2021

Find & remind recent movers to re-register to vote

Americans move regularly. Use tech innovation to find and remind those who've moved, to re-register to vote. "Around one-in-five U.S. adults say they either changed their...

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12 Jun’ 2021

Maps are an activist’s best friend

Maps help activists and campaigns engage, inform and mobilize supporters. New apps make it easy. Maps are easy to understand and navigate. They're intuitive and wonderful...

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11 Jun’ 2021

Republicans slash unemployment benefits. Where will the suffering be worst?

Republican cruelty to the poor to please their corporate donors has no limits. Republican Governors play politics and slash unemployment benefits to sabotage the recovery brought...

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26 May’ 2021

Republican voter suppression targets disabled vets for Memorial Day

Republicans are making it harder for disabled vets to vote - just in time for Memorial Day! Millions of veterans live in Texas, Florida, Georgia and...

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21 May’ 2021

Fight gerrymandering. Draw your own community of interest map for redistricting.

All votes are equal, but some are more equal than others. Especially if they are from rich, white Republicans. Gerrymandering is dark art of drawing districting...

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15 May’ 2021

Stick to your message. Use a teleprompter.

Chris Sosa is running for NY Democratic District 5 City Council. He has a vision to share and uses an on-screen teleprompter to stay on point....

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14 May’ 2021

Will COVID become a pre-existing condition used to deny health insurance?

Republicans have vowed to kill the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Insurance companies could deny health insurance to over 32 million Americans by treating COVID as a...

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12 May’ 2021

Liz Cheney’s speech on protecting democracy — in five languages

"We’re witnessing a daylight mugging of our democracy. Thank you, Liz Cheney, for doing something vitally important and clarifying — something that only a conservative Republican...

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5 May’ 2021

Talking to bridge the political divide

America Talks provides a weekend of connection across the political divide during a time of deep division in America. America Talks is organized by a coalition of nonpartisan,...

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30 Apr’ 2021

Find unregistered voters with precision mapping

Fight voter suppression by leaving no eligible voter behind with easy-to-use precision mapping apps. Find areas likely to have unregistered voters with the same precision mapping...

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29 Apr’ 2021

Advocacy by Instagram. The First 100 Days.

Memes and GIFs shared on social media shape public opinion more than paid ads. They get more attention, have more credibility and cost a fraction of...

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27 Apr’ 2021

Corporations profiting by spreading hate with public subsidies

"Carlson has the right to say whatever loathsome things he wishes. And Fox News can choose to broadcast those views on television. But Carlson and the...

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26 Apr’ 2021

Looking for unregistered voters? Use SMART MAPPING.

Businesses pick the best location for stores with Smart Mapping. The same technology also works to find unregistered voters. Most maps just show locations on a...

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19 Apr’ 2021

The return of poll taxes

Poll taxes prevented African Americans from voting till the 24th Amendment made the taxes illegal. New Republican bills bring back poll taxes disguised as new costs...

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17 Apr’ 2021

Mass shootings, NRA influence & Republican obstruction: editorial cartoons

"The country grappled with yet another bloody rampage in Indianapolis, only weeks after back-to-back mass shootings last month in Atlanta and Boulder, Colorado" - NYT These...

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14 Apr’ 2021

Yes! You too can make a polished fundraising video for free, in hours with just a laptop.

Fundraising videos work. But it shouldn't cost more to make a video, than the amount you are fundraising. Use the free Lumen5 app to create compelling...

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13 Apr’ 2021

Fatal police encounters

“He said they pulled him over because he had air fresheners hanging from his rearview mirror,” said Ms. Wright whose son, Daunte Wright was killed by...

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12 Apr’ 2021

Map supports case for D.C. Statehood

D.C. Statehood would give 712,000 tax-paying Americans full equality and taxation with representation. DC has more residents, more than Vermont and Wyoming and comparable with other...

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11 Apr’ 2021

Corporate political donations, voter suppression and gun control: Top political cartoons

This week's top Political Cartoons cover corporate political donations, gun violence legislation, and Jim Crow voter suppression bills. Enjoy the cartoons individually, as a GIF or as a video. Takeaway: Political...

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9 Apr’ 2021

Lessons from how corporate boycotts led to fair elections in South Africa

A white minority clung to power by denying Blacks their right to vote till corporate boycotts led to fair elections. A white minority supported by corporate...

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8 Apr’ 2021

Advocating for infrastructure investment? Show the local benefits with an interactive map.

Political decisions have real consequences. Investing in infrastructure that improves public safety should not be a political issue. How do you let the public know how...

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7 Apr’ 2021

Explaining voter suppression? Use an infographic.

Visual storytelling is fast, friendly and powerful. Use infographics to help more people understand vital issues - such as new schemes to make it harder to...

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6 Apr’ 2021

Fundraising on Zoom? Add a Give Button.

Make it easy for people on Zoom to follow your directions with Give Buttons. Keep it simple when requesting donations, asking for volunteers or have people...

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4 Apr’ 2021

Georgia Voter Suppression — Illustrated Edition

We interrupt the regular blog for this special Illustrated Edition of Voter Suppression in Georgia. Enjoy as a GIF or Video. Now back to our regular...

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3 Apr’ 2021

Cash cows block rural internet

Corporations love cash cows: businesses that generate them a steady stream of cash for no money. AT&T, Verizon and Comcast treat internet services as cash cows....

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2 Apr’ 2021

Mobilizing Latinx voters? Use relational organizing with WhatsApp.

WhatsApp is the favorite Latinx messaging app. It's free and messages come from a known sender. WhatsApp campaigns cost less than SMS and is ideal for...

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31 Mar’ 2021

Canvassing for H.R. 1 over Facetime

How do you bring the personal appeal of in-person canvassing online? How can volunteers be more persuasive with a good script? Use FaceTime with an onscreen...

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30 Mar’ 2021

Friends don’t let anti-vaxxer friends stay at risk. Conversation guide shows how to engage.

Friends don't let friends stay at risk. How do you engage with an anti-vaxxer with so much COVID disinformation? Arguing with the facts against disinformation doesn't...

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29 Mar’ 2021

Are you being tricked into funding the spread of disinformation? Check the GDI Index.

Groups spreading disinformation siphon funds meant for legitimate advertising. Ad networks like Google and Facebook are complicit and make money when they direct ads and revenue...

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28 Mar’ 2021

Mass shooters, Jim Crow and racist Republicans: This week’s top political cartoons.

This week's top Political Cartoons cover racist mass shooting, Republican voter suppression and obstruction with the filibuster. Enjoy the cartoons individually, as a GIF or as a video. DeepakDemLabs Voter suppression...

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25 Mar’ 2021

Zoom fundraising goes better with a teleprompter

Don't take chances with important presentations. Use a teleprompter. Fundraising online is stressful. It helps to maintain eye contact with potential donors while making your appeal....

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24 Mar’ 2021

The ultimate voter registration machine

How can remote, under-served communities get reliable information? How can advocacy groups promote voter registration and COVID vaccinations? And build opt-in contact lists at the same...

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23 Mar’ 2021

Conducting a survey? Use this free solution to collect more responses in less time.

Conducting a survey doesn't have to be complicated, expensive, nor time-consuming. "How can we quickly survey a community of 1,000 families in 10 city blocks to...

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21 Mar’ 2021

Racist killings and voter suppression bills: The week’s top political cartoons.

This week's top Political Cartoons cover racial killings and Republican voter suppression bills. You can view the cartoons individually or as a GIF or a one minute video....

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20 Mar’ 2021

Racism has consequences

Eight people including six Asian women killed in racist shooting spree with a gun bought hours earlier. This isn't a random event. Hate crimes against Asian...

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18 Mar’ 2021

How much will you get from the American Rescue Plan? Check this map.

Americans are feeling the benefits of public investment as they receive direct survival checks and tax credit expansions to keep food on the table and a...

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17 Mar’ 2021

Jim Crow lives here

Republican racists bills to suppress voting have been called "Jim Crow in a Suit". We mapped where Jim Crow breeds, groups like ALEC supporting, companies supporting...

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16 Mar’ 2021

Paid fellowships bring innovation to grassroots groups

How can grassroots groups learn about new ways to have a bigger impact with less money? How can college students find paid internships, learn new skills...

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15 Mar’ 2021

Fact or fiction? Find out with Checkology.

Learn to separate fact from fiction. Use the free Checkology app to determine the credibility of what you're reading. "Lack of news literacy is a threat...

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13 Mar’ 2021

Jim Crow. Cat-In-The-Hat. COVID Stimulus Bill. The week’s top political cartoons.

‘Jim Crow in a suit and tie’: Outrage over Georgia’s new bills to restrict voting access. Bills would reduce weekend voting , end automatic registration, and...

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12 Mar’ 2021

Black Owned Media Matters

Media outlets serving immigrant and communities of color are under threat and deprived of resources needed to sustain their vital role. "Communities of color and immigrants...

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11 Mar’ 2021

Think different to persuade more people

Polarized voters. People trapped in information bubbles. Corporations making billions spreading disinformation in order to sell more ads. How do you get heard when calling and...

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9 Mar’ 2021

Zoom event production made easy

Presenters run over their allotted time, others drift off script, struggle with audience questions... How can virtual events be kept on track and presenters on script?...

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7 Mar’ 2021

How Senator Joe Manchin’s cuts to unemployment benefits will hurt his state of West Virginia

West Virginia is already the poorest state in the country. It'll be even poorer because of Senator Manchin's cuts to benefits in the American Rescue Plan....

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6 Mar’ 2021

Unemployment insurance. Domestic terrorism. Texas. The week’s top political cartoons.

Republicans gave billions in tax cuts to the wealthy but now vote against a living wage for workers. This week's top Political Cartoons capture the hypocrisy,...

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3 Mar’ 2021

When they go low with more voting restrictions, we expand free internet access so no voter is left behind

As Republicans introduce new Jim Crow style voting restrictions, it's vital to empower more eligible citizens to vote. Free internet access enables more people to learn...

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2 Mar’ 2021

Why do poor Americans get bad water? What’s race got to do with it?

Contaminated water is a health hazard for many Black, Hispanic and Native American communities. It is even more fatal with disasters such as the recent Texas...

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27 Feb’ 2021

Minimum wage. Filibuster. Cult followers. This week’s top cartoons.

Republicans give billions in tax cuts to wealthy donors but use the filibuster to deny working Americans a living wage. They gerrymander and deny the poor...

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22 Feb’ 2021

How to FOLLOW THE MONEY driving politicians

Money is the root of all evil. Especially in politics. Learn how to trace the money behind a political decisions. Who is donating? What do they...

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21 Feb’ 2021

For The People. Mapping how H.R. 1 fights voter suppression.

"We the People deserve a responsive, accountable government that gives us all a stronger voice and puts our needs ahead of special interests. Congress must pass...

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20 Feb’ 2021

Bickering. Conspiracy theories. Beach time. This week’s top ten political cartoons.

The top ten Political Cartoons this week showcase Republican bickering, conspiracy theories and beach time. Check out these cartoons in two new formats: as a GIF on GIPHY...

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19 Feb’ 2021

Make videos the easy way. Free app includes hundreds of royalty-free video clips and soundtracks.

Videos get six times more traction on Facebook! Learn how to quickly and easily create videos for free with Lumen5. We created a 25 second video...

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18 Feb’ 2021

Fighting disinfo? Coordinate a rapid response with shared talking points.

Disinfo requires a rapid, broad spread response. Get talking points to supporters for them to spread the truth and have their messages reinforce each other. A...

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16 Feb’ 2021

From Russian With Love: Disinformation Playbook

The Russians are disinformation grandmasters. Learn how to guard against them by studying how they're being used in American politics. Learn how these moves are used...

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15 Feb’ 2021

Listen to the experts. Subscribe to the Digital Politics Podcast.

Listen to weekly Digital Politics podcasts to stay abreast of innovations in political technology. Karen Jagoda has hosted the weekly Digital Politics Podcast since 2007. The podcast features...

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14 Feb’ 2021

Impeachment Illustrated — McConnell Edition

"He's guilty... but I'll acquit him". These Political Cartoons help understand Mitch.DeepakDemLabs Mitch McConnell acquits Trump (GIF) McConnell Acquits Trump (90 second Video) ACQUITTAL ON 5TH...

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13 Feb’ 2021

How well do you understand redistricting? Take this quiz.

Many states allow public input to make sure district maps are drawn fairly. Check your understanding with this online quiz? "Redistricting affects whether the nation’s diverse...

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11 Feb’ 2021

Reach more people. Caption and translate videos.

Reach the one in five Americans who do not speak English and others who prefer to watch videos on mute. Add captions and translations to your...

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10 Feb’ 2021

Guard against hackers. Reduce your digital footprint.

Reduce the amount of public information that hackers can find about you online to disrupt your work, harass you and steal confidential information. What can you...

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8 Feb’ 2021

Organizing resistance against Republican State Senators’ scheme to suppress Georgia voters

"Georgia Republicans have proposed a fresh round of measures to increase voter suppression and limit participation. Hiding under the guise of making sure “legal” votes count, Republican lawmakers want to eliminate...

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6 Feb’ 2021

Double-talk. Denial. Stupidity. This week’s best political cartoons.

This week's top ten political cartoons lampoon Republican double-talk, denial and stupidity. "Ridicule is man's most potent weapon" - Saul Alinsky “It is almost impossible to...

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4 Feb’ 2021

How to win friends and influence people — with free internet service

Disinformation kills. It poisons minds with COVID conspiracy theories and distrust of health experts. It is worst in poor, rural communities where people do not have...

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2 Feb’ 2021

Fight negative media stereotypes

Media stereotypes perpetuate racism. Let’s tackle diversity and representation one photo at a time. Images influence our perception of people and issues, which over time solidify...

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28 Jan’ 2021

Fighting disinformation? Eighteen free weapons for your arsenal.

Fighting disinformation? Use all the tools in your arsenal. Here are eighteen of the best. Disinformation basics Disinformation attacks involve these tactics according to Harmony Square:-...

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17 Jan’ 2021

Stories poisoned to spread disinformation

People love stories and sharing them with others. That's what makes stories poisoned with disinformation so dangerous. Tackle disinformation by training people to spot when they're...

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16 Jan’ 2021

Political Cartoons Say It Best

No description necessary... Feeding The Fringe - Adam Zyglis Les Deplorables - R.J. Matson Butthurt Base - David Fitzsimmons Trump or the nation? - Bruce Plante...

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13 Jan’ 2021

Follow the corporate funding behind sedition and violence

"Millions of people had to be whipped into a frenzy over bogus charges of voter fraud and a critical mass of them had to be directed...

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11 Jan’ 2021

Fighting dark forces online? Focus on the tech vendors they need to spread hate.

Parler is being forced to change tech platforms after being ejected from Amazon AWS, Google Play Store and Apple App Store. How can tech firms be...

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10 Jan’ 2021

How YouTube makes money selling ads next to videos of the U.S. Capitol being attacked

A violent mob attacks the U.S. Capitol building and threatens elected officials. Who profits from video streaming the attack? Is it ethical to make money off...

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8 Jan’ 2021

Fed up of politicians inciting mob violence and sedition? Hold the companies funding their campaigns accountable.

“Armed violent protestors who support the baseless claim by outgoing president Trump that he somehow won an election that he overwhelmingly lost have stormed the U.S....

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6 Jan’ 2021

Trumpland? Meet the Republicans and their corporate donors trying to overturn election results.

"Eleven Republican senators and senators-elect said that they would vote to reject President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory ... to defy the unambiguous results of the...

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30 Dec’ 2020

Horse racing over COVID relief? Thank Mitch and Citizens United.

Horse racing is important to some. American lives matter to even more people. Why would a politician prioritize horses over people? Money, judges and voter suppression....

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28 Dec’ 2020

Redistricting: What to know now

Redistricting has been hijacked. Partisanship has increased. Political districts are supposed to be revised to to reflect population changes but instead they're being manipulated. Politicians in...

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27 Dec’ 2020

Relational organizing in action

"Relational organizing focuses on the most important tools at our disposal: our relationships and our ability to talk with one another about things that matter." -...

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22 Dec’ 2020

Voting early or using a drop box to vote in Georgia? Find your closest location with just two clicks.

You're about to vote early. Where's the closest location in your county? When is it open? How do you get there? Vote Georgia makes it easy...

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19 Dec’ 2020

See Something, Say Something. Georgia.

Voter suppression has evolved. The systems used to track and respond to it need to keep pace. How can voters be empowered to report incidents of...

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17 Dec’ 2020

GOTV Concerts organizes virtual concerts featuring Georgia musicians to get out the vote

Music can move people to action, but with COVID raging, online performances have replaced large concerts. Virtual events are tailored to local audiences. Turnout increases as...

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9 Dec’ 2020

How BLUE FUTURE uses textbots to mobilize young voters in Georgia

Young voters are a key Georgia voting group with many voting for the first time! They prefer texting over calling. This demands frugal innovation so organizing...

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6 Dec’ 2020

Vaccinate against disinformation

Foreign interference and domestic politics use disinformation to divide, incite and manipulate. It's cheap, effective and hard to counter. Learn how to spot it and inoculate...

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2 Dec’ 2020

How to spot BS being used to manipulate public opinion

Disinformation often comes as Bullshit (BS) packaged to trick readers with impressive language, graphics and bogus logic. Spot and push back with tips from Calling Bullshit. How...

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28 Nov’ 2020

How to spot a disinformation zombie

Brad Pitt races to save virus infected zombies in World War Z. Back in the real world, disinformation is used to turn people into zombies immune...

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24 Nov’ 2020

How to design smart route plans for canvassing, campaigns and non-profits.

How do you stretch limited time, money and workers to reach the most people? The problem comes in different forms: canvassing, delivering campaign supplies or giving...

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21 Nov’ 2020

How relational organizing helps Georgia voters learn about acceptable forms of voter ID

Voter ID laws prevent or intimidate millions of eligible Americans from casting their ballot. Obtaining an ID that fulfills voting requirements is costly and confusing. It...

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20 Nov’ 2020

Fundraising through ZOOM events made easy

ZOOM makes it easy to connect, but how do you get supporters to take the next step and donate? How can they do this while still...

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18 Oct’ 2020

Combat voter suppression. Data by the people, for the people to react quickly.

Spot and combat voter suppression. Get the facts quickly to the public, journalists, influencers, lawyers and voting rights groups. Information that has been screened, provided with...

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16 Oct’ 2020

Lincoln Project: See Something, Say Something!

With just under three weeks left until the November 3rd election and early voting well underway in many states, The Lincoln Project is today beginning to...

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4 Oct’ 2020

Searching for voter suppression incidents as they happen? Use these Twitter expert tips.

Analyzing tweets it is like drinking from a fire hydrant. New apps make it easier to analyze tweets to spot instances of voter suppression as they...

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29 Aug’ 2019

Personal Data: Political Persuasion. How Consumer Data Is Sold To Campaigns To Better Target Voters.

Collecting and selling personal data to businesses is a big industry. Political campaigns are increasingly using the same data.  Campaigns rely heavily on voter files for targeting. Many are...

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