Influence operations are a complex threat, and the community combating them—academics, social platforms, think tanks, governments—is broad. The goal of the Partnership for Countering Influence Operations (PCIO) is to grow this community and equip it to fight influence operations worldwide.
The partnership fosters a multidisciplinary international community of twenty-eight official advisers and partners working to understand influence operations. We publish innovative policy ideas and founded the Influence Operations Researchers’ Guild to help foster standards in investigations of influence operations. Additionally, each month the PCIO and Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy convene a brainstorming session called “The Sphere of Influence.”
PCIO has convened an advisory group of leading experts from industry, media, academia, and civil society to complement Carnegie’s global network of researchers. Advisory group members participate in their individual capacities and provide strategic advice in the development of new projects and publications. Learn More >
PCIO has also established institutional partnerships to promote international, cross-sectoral consensus on key issues. Our partner organizations have designated liaisons to support our work and are invited to participate in relevant projects on a case-by-case basis. Learn More >
Influence operations are disrupting democracies the world over. But we lack the robust, evidence-based measurements of their spread, effects, and the effectiveness of countermeasures that are needed to support community resilience and appropriate policy interventions. To address this gap, the PCIO and the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project at Princeton University are convening multidisciplinary working groups that hope to publish their findings next year
As far-right extremists search for their next online home, the deluge of political misinformation might be waning. But will any potential drop in rhetoric and conspiracy theories be permanent?
The number of organizations and projects focused on influence operations has grown dramatically in recent years. This growth is encouraging, but its pace brings challenges.
To achieve broad and enduring benefits, disparate groups working to combat influence operations need to build a more unified, professional field.
Research on influence operations requires effective collaboration across industry and academia. Federally funded research and development centers provide a compelling model for multi-stakeholder collaboration among those working to counter influence operations.
Join the Carnegie Endowment’s Partnership for Countering Influence Operations and Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy for a conversation on how democracies can better prepare people for life in a highly interconnected and complex information environment.
Existing policy recommendations on countering influence operations have set a general course for policymakers and laid the foundation for future research, but significant gaps and needs remain.
Lessons learned from other disciplines show that sometimes playing the long game is the best approach.
Influence campaigns have long targeted journalists, but a recent operation lays bare the Russians’ plan to exploit the media and sow disinformation in a complex information environment.
The EU needs a disinformation strategy that is adaptable and built to last.
EU officials must coordinate better to mount an effective collective response to disinformation campaigns and influence operations throughout Europe.
Carnegie’s Partnership for Countering Influence Operations is grateful for funding provided by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Craig Newmark Philanthropies, Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp. The PCIO is wholly and solely responsible for the contents of its products, written or otherwise. We welcome conversations with new donors. All donations are subject to Carnegie’s donor policy review. We do not allow donors prior approval of drafts, influence on selection of project participants, or any influence over the findings and recommendations of work they may support.