SocietyCommission on Information Disorder Interim Report LaunchCo-chairs of the Aspen Institute Commission on Information Disorder discuss their newly launched interim report, which sets the 18-member group’s priorities. They cover the Commission’s work to date, and what is next as they look towards making recommendations.
Commission Announces Priorities
JULY 13, 2021 - After consulting a range of experts to establish the scope and scale of America’s mis- and disinformation crisis, and considerable deliberation, the Aspen Institute’s Commission on Information Disorder today announces its priorities in a new Interim Report. The 15 commissioners and three co-chairs, representing a diversity of perspectives, expertise, and experience, have identified three areas of focus: (1) reducing harms, (2) increasing transparency and understanding, and (3) building trust.
TechnologyCommission on Information Disorder Interim ReportWe are living in a time of increased polarization, a rise of propaganda, extremism, distrust of institutions and of each other, racially- and ethnically-driven attacks, embrace of conspiracy theories, skepticism towards expertise, disbelief in evidence-based reality, and online and media filter bubbles that obscure or confuse uncomfortable facts and truths. To make actionable recommendations for addressing these challenges in the near term as well as chart a path for a series of longer-term interventions, the Commission on Information Disorder has identified three priorities for which it will develop recommendations in the second stage of its work: reducing harms, increasing transparency and understanding, and building trust.
Commission Announces Expert Survey Results
APRIL 20, 2021 - The Aspen Institute’s Commission on Information Disorder publishes the results of its survey of experts, which finds trust as the most widely held concern in combatting America’s mis- and disinformation challenge. In conjunction, the initiative is inviting input from a broad range of stakeholders to aid commissioners in their understanding and consideration of key issues and opportunities.
Experts Weigh in on Scope
APRIL 20, 2021 - In an effort to create a framework of scope and priorities for the Commission on Information Disorder, Aspen Digital queried the broader mis and disinformation sector for their expert suggestions. We’ve collated more than 100 responses to our survey, which asked experts how the government should respond to disinformation, the role tech platforms should play in setting regulation policy, the impact of disinformation outside the United States, and more.
The Technical Advisors
APRIL 20, 2021 - Throughout the preparation and planning process, Aspen Digital is engaging a variety of individuals who have technical expertise and experience with the platforms. As Technical Advisors, their primary role is to be on-hand to provide the Commission on Information Disorder with enhanced understanding of the issues it’s considering, and to provide advice as requested on potential solutions it might recommend.
Calling for Submissions
APRIL 20, 2021 - The Commission on Information Disorder wants to hear from a broad range of stakeholders as it aims to identify and prioritize the most critical sources and causes of information disorder and deliver a set of short-term actions and longer-term goals to help government, the private sector, and civil society respond to this modern-day crisis of faith in key institutions.
Commission Announces Members and Plans
MARCH 24, 2021 - Aspen Digital's Commission on Information Disorder will be co-chaired by three leading public figures, each with unique perspectives on society’s urgent mis- and disinformation challenge: renowned journalist Katie Couric; cybersecurity expert Chris Krebs, the founding director of DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA); and racial equity leader Rashad Robinson, the president of Color Of Change.
Aspen Institute Launches Commission on Information Disorder
JANUARY 13, 2021 - Amid a period of unprecedented challenge to American democracy, Aspen Digital, the Aspen Institute’s program on the intersection of media, technology, and security, and the Aspen Cybersecurity Group are launching a new commission to examine the nation’s public information crisis. The effort is funded as part of a new $3.25 million in support from Craig Newmark Philanthropies, the giving organization of the founder of craigslist and Aspen Digital’s biggest supporter.
About the Commission
State and non-state actors are undermining trust and sowing discord in civil society and modern democratic institutions by spreading, or encouraging the sharing of, false information across traditional and non-traditional media platforms. Government, industry, academia, and the public sector are struggling to understand the roles and responsibilities for countering malicious or otherwise harmful activities.
The Commission on Information Disorder aims to identify and prioritize the most critical sources and causes of information disorder and deliver a set of short-term actions and longer-term goals to help government, the private sector, and civil society respond to this modern-day crisis of faith in key institutions.
Through a series of expert briefings, structured conversations and roundtables, and surveys of existing research, the Commission will determine:
- The most effective policy solutions and stakeholders to address those most damaging near-term disinformation threats
- The lawful and ethical means by which the federal government can promote fact-based information to counter the most dangerous disinformation campaigns
- How government, private industry, and civil society can work together in the short term to help protect underrepresented groups, and engage disaffected populations who have lost faith in evidence-based reality
- The longer-term, more foundational challenges that will require deeper societal engagement to address
The Commission will also lay out a longer-term research, study, or action agenda for the field to undertake in the years ahead. Throughout its work, it will also consider issues of equity and community representation when it comes both to the negative effects of disinformation as well as efforts to counter such problems.
Rather than reinventing ideas or starting from scratch, an explicit facet of the Commission’s undertaking will be to elevate and amplify the excellent work already being done inside government, academia, research centers, and the private sector on these topics, as well as to convene and connect key voices across disciplines. Meet the commissioners and read our FAQ to learn more.
The Commission on Information Disorder is a project of Aspen Digital.
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