Disinformation, misinformation, and “fake news” are long-standing phenomena that, in the wake of the digital revolution, have become newly politicized and consequential. In response to these developments, a range of academic disciplines are rapidly producing new research on mis- and disinformation that the Social Science Research Council’s Disinformation Research Mapping initiative seeks to track and curate.
The Disinformation Research Mapping initiative will summarize research on mis- and disinformation, identify gaps in scholarship, contribute to policy decisions, and translate academic knowledge for a broad audience. These goals will primarily be accomplished through the building of a web platform (planned release in fall 2019) with the following features.
We hope to create a product that will facilitate both the emergence of scholarly consensus on mis- and disinformation-related topics and the dissemination of scholarly findings to practitioners and policymakers.
The Disinformation Research Mapping initiative is generously supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; the Democracy Fund; the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; the Ford Foundation; the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation; the Rita Allen Foundation; and Reid Hoffman.