Misinformation

Neutralize information manipulation with these non-partisan tools and actionable resources.

 

About Misinformation

Adversaries weaponize information to mislead voters and destabilize free and fair elections. Enhance confidence in our democratic process by identifying and countering attempts to deter voting or delegitimize election results through misinformation.

 

Tools

AMITT FRAMEWORK

The Credibility Coalition Misinfosec Working Group’s Adversarial Misinformation and Influence Tactics and Techniques (AMITT) framework describes disinformation incidents.

Global Fact-Checking Sites

The Duke Reporter’s Lab database of global fact-checking sites.

SQUINT™

MITRE’s Social See Something, Say Something (SQUINT™) browser plugin and mobile app enables rapid social media situational awareness for state and local officials through crowd-sourced reporting.

Disinformation Toolkit

The Department of Homeland Security’s Disinformation Toolkit is a graphical tactic to combatting disinformation.

Politifact

The Poynter Institute for Media Studies’ Politifact is an independent fact-checking organization.

Policy and Resources

Misinformation and Disinformation

California State University San Marco’s Misinformation and Disinformation is a collection of resources to aid in identifying misinformation and disinformation.

Journalist's Toolbox

The Journalist’s Tool Box from the Society of Professional Journalists is a collection of resources organized regarding the 2020 election.

Disinformation: A Primer in Russian Active Measures and Influence Campaigns

The U.S. Senate One Hundred Fifteenth Congress’ report Disinformation: A Primer in Russian Active Measures and Influence Campaigns details disinformation and Russian activities against the 2016 U.S. elections.

Disinformation Annotated Bibliography

The University of Toronto Citizen Lab’s Disinformation Annotated Bibliography provides a reading list and primer on digital disinformation.

The Election Influence Operations Playbook Part 1: Understanding Mis and Disinformation

The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs’ Election Influence Operations Playbook, Part 1: Understanding Mis and Disinformation provides an introduction to Influence Operations – what they are, who is carrying them out, why they can impact our elections, and how they work.

The Election Influence Operations Playbook, Part 2: Mis/Disinformation Response Plan

The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs’ Election Influence Operations Playbook, Part 2: Mis/Disinformation Response Plan includes recommendations and materials to help election officials respond to election-related mis and disinformation incidents quickly and in a coordinated fashion.

The Election Influence Operations Playbook, Part 3: Part 3: Mis/Disinformation Scenario Plans

The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs’ Election Influence Operations Playbook, Part 3: Mis/Disinformation Scenario Plans provides specific recommendations and scenario-based materials to aid election officials in building a response plan. This part complements parts 1 & 2 and is available exclusively for election officials’ use.

Election officials can request a copy here: connect@d3p.org

Facebook-Preventing Election InterFerence

Facebook’s Facebook-Preventing Election Interference plan details how to prevent the spread of misinformation on its platform.

Foreign Adversaries Could Use Deepfakes to Influence U.S. Elections

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s Foreign Adversaries Could Use Deepfakes to Influence U.S. Elections fact sheet highlights the threat of foreign malicious use of deepfakes to influence public perception of the election and results.

Foreign Adversaries are Targeting U.S. Elections with Disinformation

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s Foreign Adversaries are Targeting U.S, Elections with Disinformation fact sheet highlights the threat of foreign malicious use of disinformation against the 2020 election.

Protected Voices initiative

The FBI’s Protected Voices Initiative provides tools and resources to political campaigns, companies, and individuals to protect against online foreign influence operations and cybersecurity threats.

Social Media and Fake News in the 2016 Election

The American Economic Association’s report on Social Media and Fake News in the 2016 Election reviews the economics of fake news and its consumption prior to the 2016 election.

References

STATEMENT BY NCSC DIRECTOR WILLIAM EVANINA: 100 DAYS UNTIL ELECTION 2020

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s Statement by NCSC Director William Evanina: 100 Days Until Election 2020 is a press release highlighting malicious foreign influence efforts to undermine the 2020 election.

Statement by NCSC director WILLIAM EVANINA: Election Threat Update for the American Public

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s Statement by NCSC director William Evanina: Election Threat Update for the American Public is a press release from the National Counterintelligence and Security Center highlighting malicious foreign influence efforts to undermine the 2020 election

#TrustedInfo2020

The National Association of Secretaries of State’s #TrustedInfo2020 is an education effort to promote election officials as the trusted sources of election information.

Russian-Related Threats to the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election

Recorded Future’s Russian-Related Threats to the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election provides an overview of Russia-nexus cyberespionage and influence operations activity related to the 2020 U.S. elections.

Under the Influence: A Look at Modern Day Information Operations

FireEye’s podcast Under the Influence: A Look at Modern Day Information Operations provides tools, techniques, and current operations of information operations, including trends, deepfakes, and the Ghostwriter campaign.

Facebook downs Inauthentic Cluster Inspired by Qanon

Graphika’s report Facebook downs Inauthentic Cluster Inspired by Qanon details the takedown of inauthentic media network perpetuating misinformation about the 2020 election, among other topics.