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.
- Living literature reviews will describe recent research on digital mis- and disinformation.
- In-depth reflections will be created by a diverse array of experts, who will reflect on the state of their research field, identify gaps in knowledge, and make policy recommendations.
- An aggregation service will link to relevant news, analysis, and commentary on the web.
- A library of citations will organize existing disinformation research by topic and policy area.
- A scholar directory will feature profiles of scholars working in this space.
- An event calendar will describe upcoming events related to mis- and disinformation.
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.
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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.