Research Initiative

Disinformation

The Shorenstein Center addresses the spread and impacts of misinformation, disinformation, and media manipulation through a range of research-based approaches. We study the causes of disinformation, how it spreads through online and offline channels, why people are susceptible to believing bad information, and successful strategies for mitigating its impact.

Disinformation is not a new phenomenon. For millennia, people have manipulated information and media to suit their needs and promote their own ideological or societal interests. What has changed in the past two decades is the speed at which bad information can spread, and the rootedness that it can take on in communities, both online and off. The Shorenstein Center’s disinformation research, led by Dr. Joan Donovan and the Technology and Social Change (TaSC) Project team, builds on the idea of a lifecycle of misinformation, which helps understand where these campaigns start, how they spread and gain traction, and how they can be stopped.

Related Shorenstein Center Projects

The TaSC project conducts research, develops methods, and facilitates workshops for journalists, policy makers, technologists, and civil society organizations on how to detect, document, and debunk media manipulation and disinformation campaigns.
The Journalist’s Resource is a news publication aimed at bridging the gap between journalism and academia, with the goal of getting more high-quality research into the media stream.
The HKS Misinformation Review is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing multidisciplinary research on mis- and disinformation on a fast timeline, to get important new research into the hands of practitioners who need it.

The Public Interest Tech Lab

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The Behavioral Insights Group

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Spotlight

Center News, Disinformation, News,
Human Rights in Survival Mode – new white paper from the TaSC project
The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) is proud to announce the release of a new white paper from...
Disinformation, In the News, News, Public Interest Technology, Tech Policy,
Harvard Magazine Features Shorenstein Center Disinformation Researchers
Dr. Joan Donovan, Shorenstein Center Research Director and Director of the Technology and Social Change Project, is featured in this month's Harvard...