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Lawrence Alexander

Social sciences student. Member of UNA-UK and Hope not Hate. I write chiefly about the political use of the internet and social media. I’m also interested in European affairs, security and network analysis.

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Latest posts by Lawrence Alexander

22 December 2015

Massive LiveJournal Troll Network Pushes Pro-Kremlin Narratives

RuNet Echo

An in-depth analysis of Twitter bots' metadata reveals connections to Russian "troll factories" and a vast network of pro-Kremlin LiveJournal blogs populating RuNet with propagandistic content.

27 November 2015

Are Russian News Media Getting a Boost from Retweet Bots on Twitter?

RuNet Echo

Analysis indicates the retweet and favorite counts of some of Russia's top news agencies are seemingly being artificially inflated by hundreds of Twitter bots.

29 September 2015

When Online Kremlin Propaganda Leaves the Web, It Looks Like This

RuNet Echo

"Material Evidence" is one of few pro-Putin Internet projects connected to Russia's "troll factories" with a significant offline trail. Because of this, we can trace its operations unusually well.

10 August 2015

Pro-Russian Web Network Digs Up the Dirt on Kremlin Critics

RuNet Echo

Some of the sites in the pro-Kremlin network aim to attack Ukrainian politicians and Russian opposition figures by way of "personal dossiers" and alleged "dirt" dug up on the individuals.

13 July 2015

Open-Source Information Reveals Pro-Kremlin Web Campaign

RuNet Echo

Publicly available information from Google Analytics and other sources shows connections between a number of pro-Russian and pro-Kremlin websites, but offers little indication as to who might be behind them.

29 June 2015

Hashtags and User Networks in the Putin-Poroshenko Twitter Chatter

RuNet Echo

Network graphs reveal the associations between individual Twitter users in Russia and Ukraine and the hashtags they include in their tweets about presidents Putin and Poroshenko.

2 June 2015

Tor Use in Russia Spiking in Response to Kremlin's Censorship Efforts

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

As the Kremlin steps up its efforts to enforce Internet censorship, search engine data shows a growing number of Russians use Tor to circumvent content blocking.

27 April 2015

The Curious Chronology of Russian Twitter Bots

RuNet Echo

Multiple Twitter accounts were created on the same day, sometimes within hours of each other. This trend, typical for automated bot networks, was evident throughout Alexander's pro-Kremlin bot sample.

24 April 2015

A Response to the Kremlin-Bot Skeptics

RuNet Echo

After Alexander's bot network analysis garnered massive attention from Russian media and social networks, he now addresses some of the skepticism about the bot networks and their provenance.

2 April 2015

Social Network Analysis Reveals Full Scale of Kremlin's Twitter Bot Campaign

RuNet Echo

Visualised data on nearly 20,500 pro-Kremlin Twitter "bot" accounts reveals the massive scale of information manipulation attempts on the RuNet.

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