Disinformation is one of the thorniest problems facing citizens online around the world today. Recent reports have highlighted that the problem is not only present, but indeed it is becoming more grave in the absence of proper solutions to combat it. While considerable thought and research have been dedicated to technological solutions, efforts at understanding the human mechanics of disinformation are still nascent. Exploring what demographics are most vulnerable or most likely to be targeted, why they are receptive to disinformation, and the mechanics of how disinformation spreads within their networks online and offline is key to finding effective solutions in the long term.
Nick Monaco is a disinformation researcher at the Digital Intelligence Lab (DigIntel), a digital rights NGO, and Graphika, a social media analytics start-up. He is also an international team member and affiliate at ComProp, the Computational Propaganda Project based at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII).