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.

  1. Living literature reviews will describe recent research on digital mis- and disinformation.
  2. 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.
  3. An aggregation service will link to relevant news, analysis, and commentary on the web. 
  4. library of citations will organize existing disinformation research by topic and policy area.
  5. A scholar directory will feature profiles of scholars working in this space.
  6. 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.

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.

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