In this continuation of the May 2021 webinar, experts answer your follow-up questions on disinformation and how homeland security professionals can best combat it.
Meet the Experts:
Dr. Joan Donovan Research Director, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy, Harvard University
Renée DiResta Technical Research Manager, Stanford Internet Observatory
Dr. Danny Rogers Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Global Disinformation Index
Eileen O’Connor Legal and Communications Subject Matter Expert, Center for Homeland Defense and Security
Discussions on video:
What recent mis/disinformation events concern you most and why?
What tools are available to local and state leaders to help them identify the source of disinformation campaigns—in particular, organizations that may have limited financial or technological resources?
What element(s) of disinformation should be of most concern to homeland security leaders? Any advice on how they and their agencies/jurisdictions should address that?
How can government agencies demonstrate validity and authority in information dissemination?
What is the best approach to training citizens in how to recognize, expose, and combat disinformation?
During the live broadcast, we spoke about the role social media and technology companies can play in countering disinformation. What should they do, and more specifically, what do you think they are willing to do?
During the webinar, you spoke about technology and artificial intelligence developments, and how these will likely impact the disinformation space. What advances do you see on the horizon and what concerns you most?
Are there disinformation tactics that work particularly well on Americans?
Are U.S.-based disinformation campaigns (i.e., those created by Americans targeting other Americans) different from others around the world in relation to COVID vaccines or otherwise? If so, how?
Do international actors (organizational and nation-state) see the American public as more/less vulnerable to disinformation campaigns than others around the world?
What are the critical elements in a national strategy to disrupt (if not prevent) disinformation?