Disinformation has been around for generations and it looks like it’s here to stay. As we come to terms with the reality of global politics and the seemingly everlasting pandemic, we must ask ourselves, what now? Is there another way to approach this?
This week, the UN Special Rapporteur on Disinformation asked that very question and disinformation fighting organizations from around the world submitted their answers. Each varied but one thing became clear. This is a multi-layered issue with many moving parts that need to be addressed simultaneously – just as a viral disinformation campaign itself.
Do you have any suggestions on how to better address the issue of disinformation in global politics? Share your thoughts on Twitter at @disinfoindex. We’d love to hear from you!
COVID Conspiracy Disinformation Campaign Has Had Vast Reach, Study Finds (Associated Press, Feb 20 2021)
How to respond to disinformation while protecting free speech (Reuters, Feb 19 2020)
The Grim Consequences of a Misleading Study on Disinformation (Wired, Feb 18 2021)
Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai, and Jack Dorsey will appear at March misinfo hearing (The Verge, Feb 18 2021)
Reducing the spread of misinformation on social media: What would a do-over look like? (The Verge, Feb 17 2021)
How countries amplify COVID disinformation (Axios, Feb 17 2021)
Disinformation on trial (Harvard Law Today, Feb 17 2021)
Our disinformation problem has been 70 years in the making (Boston Globe, Feb 14 2021)
Disinformation is evolving to move under the radar (Brookings Institute, Feb 4 2021)