Information Controls Fellow
As a senior information controls fellow, Alexei worked with Citizen Lab to investigate information manipulation on social media in the Arabian Gulf.
Alexei investigated information manipulation on social media in the Arabian Gulf. Combining big data science with regional and language knowledge, Alexei documented how Arabian Gulf states use automation of centrally controlled accounts (bots) and elite social media influencers to alter the political opinions of domestic and foreign audiences. He authored one thought piece and co-authored two academic articles (here and here) and an op-ed analyzing the tactics of Gulf states with a particular focus on Saudi Arabia and Qatar, in addition to being quoted in numerous media outlets. A summary of Alexei's research can be found on the OTF blog.