Misinformation Framework - Misinfocon DC 2018

Misinfocon came to DC for it's 4.0 version, featuring an intense discussion of our current media landscape. The agenda was divided into two days, one on state actors, a second on non-state actors. I meant to sort of live blog it, but the information was just too intense.


In addition to discussions of tools for journalists, research into how to detect misinformation and data on how networks help to spread this information, we delved into the law, at home and abroad, the financial incentives, and how difficult it is to detect fake news these days.

I went to two breakout sessions. In the second session, which was dedicated to treating mis/disinformation as a information security issue, we developed a way of thinking about the types of actors, the sort of tacticts they employ, and the countermeasures to take as a slide:


This really speaks to me, because sometimes in the panicked discussions around misinformation, we fail to divide the problem up and approach it logically. Obviously there's a whole segment of our government devoted to dealing with state actors, and as individuals there's not much we can do. But by thinking critically about the information we ingest and share, we can make a big difference in the other areas.