Defusing Disinfo


Disinformation is intentionally false or misleading information spread deliberately to undermine other parties, from nations to political campaigns to individuals. It undermines public discourse and provides an opportunity for malign actors to manipulate their audiences, a particularly salient threat in an open society like ours. Disinformation divides us and fosters the development of information bubbles, separate and incompatible realities that impact even the daily functions of our society.

With new technologies enabling an unprecedented information war on a massive scale, we seek to better understand the motives behind those who engage in spreading disinformation, to familiarize ourselves with their tools and strategies, and to provide a roadmap for what the future might hold.


Reading Room, by Suzanne Golding.

Misinformation is a Problem of Supply and Demand

We need to upgrade the supply of journalism, but we also need to upgrade ourselves, at scale. People need to understand how news works, how to share with integrity, how to be skeptical. We need to increase news fluency....

Data Protection and Privacy. Source: Cerillion:

How Building Data Protection Regimes Can Counter Disinformation

Data protection laws and regulations can help to shield consumer data used in computational propaganda from use and abuse....

Deepfakes will challenge public trust in what’s real. Here’s how to defuse them.

As we prepare for the first wave of malicious synthetic media, face-swaps and deceptive audio, there is a concrete opportunity to be prepared in a way many people were not for the waves of deception in the last five years. ...


Brendan Nyhan

Professor, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy; faculty associate, Center for Political Studies at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan

Asha Rangappa

Senior lecturer, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University

Renée DiResta

Director of Research, New Knowledge; Head of Policy, Data for Democracy

Claire Wardle

Research fellow, TED; executive director, First Draft News

Bruce Schneier

Internationally renowned security technologist

Henry Farrell

professor of political science and international affairs, George Washington University