A number of significant counter-disinfo resources are available online. The following resources offer commercial, non-profit, think tank, and academic technology solutions, dashboards, and research to consider. We do not advocate for any of these groups and welcome suggestions for additional resources.
Adtac (Center for Advanced Tactics to Counter Disinformation)
Adtac (Center for Advanced Tactics to Counter Disinformation) is an international counter-disinformation innovation lab based in the Netherlands. It is a project of DROG, an innovation platform that offers public-private solutions to counter online harms like disinformation. Adtac conducts weekly multi-stakeholder “Black Boxing” sessions with government representatives, tech company policy experts, forensic journalists, security experts, data analysts, academics, and others to map disinformation techniques. This framework is used to chart the features of disinformation campaigns and is updated when new disinformation tactics, techniques, and procedures are identified. A key benefit of the weekly Black Boxing sessions is that patterns emerge when analyzing multiple campaigns by the same actor. Adtac works to ensure that cases selected for Black Boxing sessions represent the most pressing disinformation campaigns as well as regional cases in which disinformation is employed. Adtac is also working in partnership with the CogSec Collaborative to ensure that EU, North American, and other analysts are using the same methodologies to analyze campaigns so that results are mutually intelligible. .
This effort from the University of Oxford’s Oxford Internet Institute offers “an online resource guide for civil society groups looking to better deal with the problem of disinformation,” noting “the rise of digital technologies and social media platforms have brought new dimensions” to the practice of creating a spreading propaganda.
The Alliance for Security Democracy is a bipartisan initiative housed at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. It develops comprehensive strategies to deter, defend against, and raise the costs on authoritarian efforts to undermine and interfere in democratic institutions. The Alliance brings together experts on disinformation, malign finance, emerging technologies, elections integrity, economic coercion, and cybersecurity, as well as regional experts, to collaborate across traditional stovepipes and develop cross-cutting frameworks.
The Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab’s mission is “to identify, expose, and explain disinformation where and when it occurs using open source research; to promote objective truth as a foundation of government for and by people; to protect democratic institutions and norms from those who would seek to undermine them in the digital engagement space.”
The Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Foreign Influence Elections 2020 “conduct[s] a persistent and consistent review of state-sponsored media outlets to understand their foreign influence goals and anticipate their interference in the 2020 U.S. presidential election.”
EU Disinfo Lab is an “independent NGO focused on researching and tackling sophisticated disinformation campaigns targeting the EU, its member states, core institutions, and core values.”
An agency of the Department of Homeland Security, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency “is responsible for protecting the [United States’] critical infrastructure from physical and cyber threats,” including election security.
The U.S. Agency for Global Media is an independent federal agency overseeing public service media networks that provide unbiased news and information in countries where the press is restricted.
The Credibility Coalition’s CredCatalog compiles “projects and initiatives that aim to improve information quality.” It collects “information on fact-checking groups, technology tools, academic research institutions” and more. Users can explore entries by geography, language, funders, and solutions categories.
RAND’s Fighting Disinformation Online database identifies and characterizes “the universe of online tools developed by nonprofits and civil society organizations to target online disinformation.” The database is intended “to help information consumers, researchers, and journalists navigate today’s challenging information environment.”
The Social Science Research Council’s MediaWell system is academically focused and “curates research and news on digital disinformation and misinformation.” MediaWell’s research reviews “present the latest scholarship from the social sciences, and we aggregate news content and events from around the web.”
The Harvard Kennedy School’s Misinformation Review is a new format of peer-reviewed, scholarly publication. Content is produced and “fast-reviewed” by misinformation scientists and scholars, released under open access licensing, and geared towards emphasizing real-world implications. All content is targeted towards a specialized audience of researchers, journalists, fact-checkers, educators, policy makers, and other practitioners working in the information, media, and platform landscape.
“The Trust Project is an international consortium of news organizations building standards of transparency and working with technology platforms to affirm and amplify journalism’s commitment to transparency, accuracy, inclusion, and fairness so that the public can make informed choices … Search engines and social media platform are participating as external partners.” The materials produced by The Trust Project’s members’ collaboration are available to all legitimate news companies that agree to abide by the group’s commitments and Trust Protocol.