Research


Our team is dedicated to tackling the issue of disinformation in Croatia and Slovenia. Our project focuses on several research areas:

  1. Identification and Analysis of Disinformation Sources 
    We will investigate the sources of disinformation, analyzing their nature and impact on society.
  2. Identification and Analysis of Disinformation Content
    Our team will examine the content of disinformation, studying its various forms and the strategies used to disseminate it.
  3. Identification and Analysis of Platform's Measures to Combat Disinformation Using Neuroscience Methods
    We will employ neuroscience to evaluate the effectiveness of measures taken by online platforms in combating disinformation.
  4. National Representative Survey on Disinformation and Analysis of Conspiracist Belief
    We will gather data on disinformation and analyze the factors influencing conspiracist beliefs among the population.
  5. Development of AI-Powered System for Early Detection of Disinformation
    Our team will develop an advanced system powered by AI to detect disinformation early, enabling timely intervention and mitigation.
  6. Identification and Analysis of the Role of International Actors in Spreading Disinformation
    We will investigate the involvement of international actors in disseminating disinformation, exploring their motives and impact.
  7. Identification and Analysis of Origins of (Zombie) Disinformation Narratives
    We will trace the origins of disinformation narratives, focusing on "zombie" disinformation persisting despite being debunked.

We collaborate closely with EDMO and national authorities. 

  • Communication with EDMO and contribution to their repository.
  • Analysis of the news media market in Croatia, emphasizing the effectiveness of public support measures and identifying potential market failures affecting plurality and diversity.
  • Monitoring the implementation of the Code of Practice on Disinformation.
  • Creation of strategic reports for the regulator and other Croatian authorities, offering valuable insights and recommendations based on our research findings.

Through our research and collaboration efforts, we aim to shed light on the issue of disinformation, develop effective strategies to combat it and provide valuable resources to the public and relevant authorities. Stay tuned for updates on our progress and findings as we work towards a more informed and resilient society.

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This analysis aimed to identify key disinformation and manipulative narratives related to the war in Ukraine spreading in
Southeast Europe, using qualitative and quantitative content analysis of the fact-checked information.

Authors:
Dr. Marijana Grbeša, Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb
Dr. Milica Vučković, Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb

Contributors:
Laura Majer, mag. ing.
prof. dr. sc. Jan Šnajder
Matej Gjurković, dipl. ing.
David Dukić, mag. ing. [+]

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The aim of this analysis was to determine the frequency of occurrence and sentiment in Croatian online media regarding the claim, identified within the framework of the zombie idea, about the agreement on the division of Bosnia and Herzegovina between the Serbian President Slobodan Milošević and the Croatian President Franjo Tuđman in
March 1991 in Karađorđevo.

Authors:

dr.sc. Davor Pauković

Monika Cverlin

Sandra Buratović Maštrapa [+]

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This report is part of the research activities carried out within the “Adria Digital Media Observatory” project funded by the Digital Europe Program. The aim was to monitor the implementation of the Code of Practice on Disinformation in empowering the research community in Croatia and Slovenia. [+]

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This report is part of the research activities conducted under the “Adria Digital Media Observatory” project, financed by the Digital Europe Program. The aim was to identify local (Croatian) sources of disinformation (websites, blogs, social media groups, media outlets, opinion makers, and well-known conspiracy theorists) related to climate disinformation and to explore the reach and size of audiences of identified local disinformation sources. [+]

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This report is part of the research activities carried out within the project “Adria Digital Media Observatory” funded by the Digital Europe
Program. The aim was to identify local (Croatian) disinformation sources (websites, blogs, social media groups, media, opinion makers
and known conspiracy theorists) related to the war in Ukraine.  [+]

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This report is part of the research activities conducted under the „Adria Digital Media Observatory “project financed by the Digital Europe Program. The main goal of this research was to determine whether Russia engages in online information manipulation and interference activities through Facebook profiles of its embassies, aiming to distort the truth and craft narratives that align with its interests. The objective is to identify efforts to distort factual truths and construct narratives aligned with Russian interests. These nations were chosen based on their linguistic similarities and varying degrees of European-Atlantic integration. [+]

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This report is part of the research activities in the “Adria Digital Media Observatory project, funded by the Digital Europe Program. The aim was to identify the journalistic sources used by the Croatian mainstream media during the first three days of the conflict
between Israel and Hamas to determine the presence of journalistic sources previously identified as purveyors of disinformation. [+]