A Modern History of the Disinformation Age: Communication, Technology, and Democracy in Transition

This two-day workshop will take place at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., focusing on the historical and contemporary factors that have enabled the rise of both domestic and foreign-sourced disinformation. Workshop participants will gather to discuss three related areas of research with the goal of producing a high impact book:

  • The role of think tanks, business sectors, and partisan political organizations in casting doubt on scientific facts, challenging the integrity of mainstream news organizations, and attacking the competency and legitimacy of government.
  • How innovations in media technology have disrupted the delicate balance between markets, regulation, and the provision of public goods such as news.
  • How networked communication technologies are reshaping public discourse, political engagement, the news media, and democratic institutions more broadly.