The Disinformation War

December 16, 2019 @ 12:00PM — 1:00PM

Join us for an important conversation around the newest threat to global democracy: the Disinformation War. Disinformation undermines the shared truth and objective facts upon which democracies are built and will be an important issue in the 2020 elections.

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The Disinformation War

Disinformation – specifically, disinformation from foreign governments aimed at undermining democracy – became a buzzword in light of revelations that Russia interfered in a “sweeping and systematic fashion” during the 2016 presidential election. Russia’s aim? To further divide Americans by amplifying controversy on the right and left, hijacking legitimate social movements online, and using one of democracy’s greatest strengths – free and open debate – against us.

That was 2016. In the lead up to the 2020 election, Americans face an evolving disinformation threat from multiple authoritarian actors, including China, Iran and North Korea. Recent confirmation of Chinese state-backed information manipulation aimed at a Western audience is a wake-up call for Americans that weaponization of social media is not just a Russian tactic and that numerous state actors are manipulating the information space and utilizing new technology to undermine democracy. Disinformation undermines the shared truth and objective facts upon which democracies are built. Shining a light on these tactics and understanding why authoritarian actors employ disinformation helps build a more resilient society and bolsters democratic values long into the future. To shine that light and help us make sense of this new threat to democracy, the Columbus Council on World Affairs welcomes Laura Rosenberger, Director, and Zack Cooper, Co-Director, of the Alliance for Securing Democracy. Please join us on December 16th for this important discussion.