Project Code: STATE-USA-EB-218

Computational propaganda, weaponized narratives, and online information operations

Project Title Computational propaganda, weaponized narratives, and online information operations
Project Summary Help the Department combat state-sponsored computational propaganda by conducting research on relevant organizations, tools and best practices and writing occasional informational memos and policy papers.
Country United States
Agency Department of State
DoS Office EB/CIP
Post N/A
Section N/A
Number of Interns 1
Project Description

Computational propaganda (CP) is the use of information and communication technologies to influence
perceptions and manipulate behavior. There is a proliferation of people and organizations focused on issues
relating to CP, counter-disinformation, weaponized narratives, information operations, research into
psychological techniques for manipulation, etc. We need an intern who can help us maintain situational
awareness of the latest developments in these topics, and who can conduct deep dives into specific topics when
we need more data or memos summarizing topics.

Required Skills or Interests
Skill(s)
Analytical writing
Research
Additional Information

We are looking for a graduate student, but would consider a highly qualified undergraduate. Applicants should
have: a strong interest in the problems posed by computational propaganda and digital disinformation; interest
in public diplomacy and/or computational social science; a thorough understanding of the social media
ecosystem, how information spreads online, and how state and non-state actors use social media. Experience in
social media marketing, information operations and the like are a huge advantage. We typically receive many
applications for these positions so applicants should expect a competitive writing process following the
application. Please only apply if you're willing to participate in this process.