Social Media Conversations in Support of Herd Immunity are Driven by Bots

Key highlights Approximately half of the profiles pushing the case for herd immunity are artificial accounts. These bot or bot-like accounts are generally characterized as engaging in abnormally high levels of retweets and low content diversity. The high level of bot-like behavior attributed to support for the Great Barrington Declaration on social media indicates the […]

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Most Covid Related Disinformation on Social Media Likely Emanating from Known Influencers and Traditional Media Sources

Key Highlights An assessment of the past week’s social media environments indicates traditional media reporting by established news sources such as the New York Times and President Donald J. Trump are most influential by audience reach and volume of engagement.  Donald Trump’s false claim suggesting seasonal flu is comparable to COVID-19 in deaths and lethality […]

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FAS submits public comment against proposed DHS expansion of biometric collection affecting millions of immigrants and U.S. citizens

This week, the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) submitted a public comment urging the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to withdraw its proposed rule that would expand the amount of highly personal biometric data collected from prospective immigrants, their families, and their employers. On September 11, 2020, DHS issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) […]

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Vaccine news stories hosting malware disseminated across Spanish-language Twitter

Key Highlights News websites publishing stories on a pause in the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine trials hosted malware files. At the center of the network was the Spanish-language Sputnik News link mundo.sputniknews.com. The news of a possible adverse reaction to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine resulted in a spike of social media activity. The vaccine is one of the […]

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FAS Introduces Fall 2020 Scoville Fellow

The Federation of American Scientists is pleased to introduce Fall 2020 Scoville Fellow, Ishan Sharma. The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, established in 1987, is a highly-competitive national program that provides recent college and graduate school alumni with the opportunity to work on key issues of peace and security in Washington, D.C. Ishan will be […]

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Hans Kristensen: Great Immigrant, Great American

The Federation of American Scientists is proud to announce that Hans Kristensen, Nuclear Information Project director, is honored as a Carnegie Corporation of New York 2020 Great Immigrant, Great American. The Great Immigrant, Great American initiative is a tribute to its namesake, the Scottish-American industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, and recognizes American immigrants who have […]

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Federation of American Scientists calls on United and American to reverse their decision to fully book planes

Washington, DC, June 30, 2020 Mr. Doug Parker Chairman and Chief Executive Officer American Airlines Mr. Scott Kirby Chief Executive Officer United Airlines Dear Mr. Parker and Mr. Kirby, As representative of an organization dedicated to a safe and more secure world, I write to express my strong concerns about your recent decisions to return […]

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