After the Capitol: tech and disinfo
What we learned about tech platforms and disinformation — and what we still don’t know.
The "broadcast" model no longer works in an era of disinformation
We've relied for too long on an outdated top-down view of disinformation.
AI won’t solve the problem of moderating audiovisual media
Platforms are hoping automated tools will help moderate social media content at scale, but massive challenges remain — especially for audiovisual misinformation.
Combating misinformation in under-resourced languages: lessons from around the world
The languages we speak greatly determine our access to reliable information and fact checks that debunk half-truths or false claims. A recent webinar by First Draft and Global Voices investigates how linguistic minorities can overcome this information inequality.
Failure to understand Black and Latinx communities will result in a critical misunderstanding of the impact of disinformation
Reporting on the election showed the need for partnerships with community organizations and researchers
Identifying ‘data deficits’ can pre-empt the spread of disinformation
First Draft’s research analyst, Seb Cubbon, explores how data deficits get exploited by disinformation actors, and how we can get ahead of them.
The 2020 rabbit hole: Why conspiracy theories draw people in
Baseless beliefs have become more popular globally, promising orderly answers to those experiencing confusion, isolation and grief in an upside-down world
The return to old-school methods to sow chaos
Leaflets, billboards, emails, SMS and robocalls spread false information about Covid-19 and the US election
It’s crucial to understand how misinformation flows through diaspora communities
The way misinformation travels through diaspora communities — including the Chinese diaspora — deserves more of our attention.
We need independent platform oversight in 2021
The platforms can no longer delay on partnering with independent researchers and civil society organizations
As online communities mobilize offline, misinformation manifests a physical threat
If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that the line between online discourse and offline action has long disappeared.
Online influencers have become powerful vectors in promoting false information and conspiracy theories
The role of celebrities and online influencers requires more scrutiny, especially from social platforms and media.