Monitoring the German Elections
LSE Arena have worked together with the Institute for Strategic Dialogue to monitor online influence in the German elections. Our research has been published extensively in German media. Arena Directors Peter Pomerantsev and Anne Applebaum gave an overview of our analysis in an exclusive essay for Die Welt, comparing the situation with alienated social media ‘echo chambers’ in Germany to the US.
A unique investigation together with Buzzfeed unearthed a bot-net operating out of the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod, whose managers confirmed they were supporting the German right-nationalist AFD Party free of charge.
This investigation has been turned into a multimedia ‘Ultimate Guide to Bust Fake Tweeters’, useful for any journalists exploring hidden influencers. The guide is featured in English on fact-checking site Poynter.org, and broadcaster ZDF in German.
Arena and ISD also worked together with Der Spiegel Magazine to look at how the international alt-right tried to influence the election.
Other pieces included an in-depth profile of a prolific ‘internet warrior' and explored the political dynamics among the 3-4 million Russian-Germans.
Read a summary of our findings