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Browse through DRI publications, read recent news articles related to and inspired by our work, and listen to episodes of the Defence Research podcast. 

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Understanding Mass Influence

Understanding Mass Influence is a report produced for the Department of Defence by The University of Adelaide, The University of Melbourne, University of New South Wales, Edith Cowan University and Macquarie University.

Three Case Studies of Contemporary Mass Influence

Across all three case studies, low levels of cyber security awareness, high levels of user credulity and strong incentives for organisations to seek to persuade, manipulate or coerce target audiences.
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A Case Study of the Internet Research Agency

The Internet Research Agency (IRA) was a private enterprise that carried out influence operations on behalf of the Russian Government between 2013 and 2018.
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A Case Study of Facebook

A case study of Facebook as a platform enabling mass influence, produced for the Department of Defence.
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A Case Study of Cambridge Analytica

The purpose of this case study is to provide insight into the attributes that make an effective influence operations actor and any relevant factors of their operations.
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Defence Research podcast

Defence Research is hosted by DRI Director Paul Maddison. In each episode Paul connects the audience with a UNSW researcher, Defence Industry stakeholder, or Department of Defence member to discuss how academic research can support Australia’s national interests, as well as highlighting the opportunities available for collaboration on Defence projects.