In this week’s reading list you’ll find stories on the origin of the White House’s “Wuhan virus” disinformation narrative, Russia’s plans to interfere once again in US elections, and the role household brands play in funding disinformation across the web.
We hope you enjoy these articles – and feel welcome to share ideas for other readings with us here or on Twitter @DisinfoIndex.
How brands unwittingly fund disinformation (Harvard Business School Digital Initiative, 27 April 2020)
Top E.U. Diplomat Says Disinformation Report Was Not Watered Down for China (The New York Times, 30 April 2020)
Unproven Coronavirus Therapy Proves Cash Cow for Shadow Pharmacies (Krebs on Security, 24 April 2020)
Matthew Pottinger faced Communist China’s intimidation as a reporter. He’s now at the White House shaping Trump’s hard line policy toward Beijing. (The Washington Post, 29 April 2020)
Far right hijack coronavirus crisis to push agenda and boost support (The Guardian, 25 April 2020)
Here We Go Again: Russia Gears Up to Interfere in 2020 Election With Coronavirus Disinformation (Foreign Policy, 30 April 2020)
Coronavirus conspiracy theories make Fauci the villain, because someone has to be (Yahoo News, 28 April 2020)