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.
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.