Undertones is the Civic Media Observatory’s newsletter, created collaboratively by the Observatory’s researchers, coordinating editors, and project writer. In each newsletter, we’ll pick an event, emerging trend, or complex story. For the data nerds, Undertones also offers an entry point into the public datasets that underpin our Observatory work.
Latest posts by Civic Media Observatory
Russian authorities are struggling to sell the war to potential soldiers, but an electronic drafting system might change the game
Emmerson Mnangagwa was re-elected as president in an election that has been called "blatant and massive fraud" by the opposition.
Alessandra Soler’s research reveals that for many Venezuelans, ‘Venezuela is also a victim of Russia’
The conversations happening on these Telegram channels do not have to do with Russian politics - but with Argentina's
Polarization impacts Brazilians’ perception of the war in Ukraine – in some cases by embracing Russian narratives
Low education about AI tech leads to ill-informed narratives about algorithmic bias
With President Erdoğan's reelection, some Turkish citizens are questioning whether voting is enough for democracy
Coping with severe drought, Indigenous communities in the Gran Chaco want local media to also highlight how oil companies impact their communities
Maduro put some of his own people in prison over the graft of billions of dollars. Theories abound as to why.
President Recep Erdoğan is pitting “identity” versus “reality” in his campaign to stay in power
Dr. Tanya Lokot provides insights into the media landscape of Ukraine, outlining its dynamics.
"Religious narratives are exactly why the regime hasn’t been overthrown yet"
Zimbabwe is set to become Africa’s first country with a “smart” capital city built from scratch. But many are wary of Zimbabwe becoming a surveillance state.
Erdoğan’s leadership may be on the line, with compounding accusations of corruption, economic mismanagement, and the slow and inadequate response to the earthquake.
A group of researchers uncovers Nicaragua's two faces
Researchers from Myanmar expect heightened tension as the country heads towards military-led elections this year.
A group of researchers went undercover in far-right Hindu groups to break their bubble.
Researchers share some of the strongest narratives that are circulating in Russia and what we can expect in 2023
Researchers share some of the strongest narratives that have circulated in Afghanistan this year
Researchers share some of the strongest narratives that have circulated in Pakistan this year
Twitter’s slow or sudden collapse may particularly hit countries with high levels of censorship, disinformation, and political instability.