2019 was a thrilling year for Alto. We engaged in a wide range of advanced analytics projects that produced fascinating insights and yielded unique perspectives in the public digital sphere across the world and from a diverse set of viewpoints. Notably, 2019 presented several examples of the rising threat of digital disinformation for governments, citizens, and businesses alike, with a significant pronouncement coming from Moody’s regarding deepfakes, the evolving disinformation landscape, and the potential to harm businesses.

To take a look back on the year, we’ve put together a list of our most popular blogs for you to enjoy. Here are the top 5 articles from Alto’s blog in 2019:

5. How Effective Are Fact-Checkers? (published on July 12, 2019)

Alto’s analysts undertook a detailed preliminary analysis of how successful European fact-checkers are at disseminating content across different digital communities of opinion. This research was conducted in collaboration with Reuters and was originally published by Reuters and republished by several media outlets including CNBC and other global media.

4. Future of Education: Global Analysis & Insights (published on October 18, 2019)
Ahead of EnlightED — a global conference that brings together leading international experts in education, technology, and innovation in order to promote a broad debate on education in the digital age — Alto conducted a detailed, comprehensive analysis of the global digital conversation around education, with a special focus on trends in technology and innovation. During this project, Alto’s team produced an interactive website that allows users to engage with the key insights of the analysis and explore emerging trends around education, innovation, and tech.

3. Yellow Vests Movement: Public Digital Sphere Analysis (published on February 13, 2019) 
Alto’s research on the social unrest and intense public sociopolitical debate around France’s Yellow Vests Movement yielded insights into a tiny minority of users who disproportionately influenced the public conversation as well as the elevated influence of foreign media such as RT and Sputnik. This research was published by El País, La Repubblica, La Stampa, Taggeschau, and Wired Italy, among several others. 

2. Disinformation Analysis: United Nations Migration Pact (published on April 12th, 2019)
Alto’s team of data scientists undertook an in-depth analysis of content and conversations in the public digital sphere surrounding the UN Migration Pact, a landmark international diplomatic pronouncement that aimed to tackle social and policy challenges related to global migration. Alto’s analysts uncovered several pockets of abnormal activity users behaving in a coordinated fashion across languages and geographies. This work was published by several international media, including Portugal’s Diario de Noticias and Italy’s Il Fatto Quotidiano.

1. Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Poland: EU’s Parliamentary Elections Public Digital Debate Analysis  (published on April 1, 2019)
In 2019, Alto Analytics embarked on an ambitious data analytics project with the goal of understanding the public debate and identifying any disinformation campaigns that seek to disrupt and distort digital conversations in the public sphere ahead of the 2019 EU parliamentary elections. In this comprehensive research project incorporating advanced analytical approaches across several languages and geographies, Alto produced analyses that would be published over 120 times by over 90 unique publications in over 25 languages, including in major global publications such as The Guardian, The Financial Times, Bloomberg, The Washington Post, and Politico.

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