Decline in Trust

May 12, 2021  • Aspen Digital

Disinfo Discussions: Ethan Zuckerman

Commission on Information Disorder Project Director Ryan Merkley discusses how a decline in trust can affect our information ecosystem with Ethan Zuckerman. An associate professor of public policy, communication and information at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Zuckerman is the founder of Digital Public Infrastructure, a research group that is studying and building alternatives to the existing commercial internet. He’s the author of Mistrust: Why Losing Faith in Institutions Provides the Tools to Transform Them.

This session is part of a series of expert briefings hosted in tandem with our Commission on Information Disorder to help make sense of the various facets of the information crisis. “Disinfo Discussions” is designed as a resource for the commissioners as well as the broader public. To learn more about the Commission, visit, and follow us on Twitter at @AspenDigital.