Ben Nimmo

Authored for Print issue Vol 71.1.5 Contentious Narratives published in 2017-18


Ben Nimmo researches patterns of online disinformation and influence for the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (@DFRLab). A former journalist with dpa, the German press agency, and a former NATO press officer, he specializes in exposing attempts to manipulate online discourse through false narratives or false social-media accounts. His research into bots on Twitter has included exposing a Russian botnet that was amplifying election-related messaging in Germany, an American botnet amplifying political messaging in South Africa, and a 100,000-strong botnet that was used to harass journalists writing on Russia.