As the challenge of authoritarian disinformation on the internet has become more salient, a community of researchers and technologists has formed to assess the problem and craft solutions. Various techniques for social media analysis have shed light on the issue from various angles. Learning from the fight against online extremism, policymakers and civil society are beginning to apply past lessons to digital disinformation.
Dean Jackson of the International Forum for Democratic Studies spoke with Jonathon Morgan about his work on understanding ISIS’s Twitter following, the best ways to study the spread of Russian disinformation on social media, and how civil society and technologists can combine with other stakeholders to preserve the online public sphere. (This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity. The views and opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for Democracy.)Read more