History of Disinformation

May 12, 2021  • Aspen Digital

Disinfo Discussions: Thomas Rid

Aspen Digital’s director for cyber initiatives, Garrett Graff, discusses the history of disinformation with Thomas Rid, a political scientist and professor of strategic studies at Johns Hopkins University. Rid’s book, Active Measures: The Secret History of Disinformation and Political Warfare, examines Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election in the US.

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.