Information Integrity Lab 


Articles, Reports and More

March 2023
About mis-disinformation, its potential impacts, and the challenges to finding effective countermeasures

Nicolas Rutherford

Article on defining mis-disinformation in the 21st century and the challenges related to deploying effective countermeasures.


February 2022
Digital security for democratic, social and economic prosperity – Discussion Paper

Canadian Ditchley Foundation

Overview of digital security threats, global initiatives to regulate cyberspace, and future policy challenges caused by rapid advances in technology.


December 2022
Digital security for democratic, social and economic prosperity – Report

Canadian Ditchley Foundation

Report on the discussions at the Canadian Ditchley 2022 Biennial Conference held in Ottawa November 4-6, 2022 in collaboration with the University of Ottawa.

Our Vision

The Lab collaborates with experts to protect the information ecosystem. Our work adheres to legal and ethical standards, while respecting privacy laws and free speech, to enhance public trust.

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Our Mission

We contribute to a deeper understanding of disinformation and seek to develop tools and measures that serve to counter the growing phenomenon of information distortion for nefarious purposes.

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InfoLab International Network





Busy professionals keep their edge by regularly upgrading their knowledge, keeping up with the latest in best practices and adding new skills.
Visit our website regularly as our course offerings are updated regularly.


Understanding Open-Source Intelligence


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Intelligence Analysis and Contemporary Security


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The Intelligence Process and Cycle


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Mis/Disinformation Mitigation and Critical Thinking


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Intelligence Products and Presentation


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We offer a wide range of services to help organizations counter the growing phenomenon of information distortion.


Disinformation Risk Management Framework

The University of Ottawa’s Information Integrity Lab (uOttawa IIL) uses an evidence-based approach to support organizations in the application of a tailored Disinformation Risk Management Framework. This methodology serves to better information risk-based decisions. Our approach is founded on best practices, internationally-recognized standards, and industry-hardened data analysis methods; it includes:

  • Contextual Needs and Requirements
  • Relevant and Applicable Data Dictionaries
  • Qualitative Data Analysis
  • Structured Risk Analysis

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Open Source Data Analysis

Social media networks are the preferred vectors of dissemination of mis- and disinformation. The uOttawa Information Integrity Lab works with researchers, analysts, and various partner organizations to better understand the sources and methods through which mis- and disinformation spread on social media.

The digital information landscape is rapidly evolving. The Information Integrity Lab will report regularly on its findings to update decision-makers, policy developers, and the general public on the phenomenon of mass mis- and disinformation. Our goal is to complement this by proposing approaches to guard against the damaging effects of the deterioration of the integrity of our information ecosystem. In collaboration with our partners, the Information Integrity Lab also offers open-source data analysis services to both private and public sector organizations.




Upcoming and Past Events


Past Event

An Evening with Bill Browder

The international Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Canada, and the University of Ottawa Professional Development Institute hosted a dinner presentation and conversation with Bill Browder on November 8, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario. Bill Browder is the head, Global Magnitsky Justice campaign, and one of the world's leading campaigners against corruption.


Past Event

Disinformation: Challenges and Dangers to Democracy

In partnership with the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) Canada

Canada’s resilience to disinformation has been tested these past years with concerted campaigns from foreign adversaries and a thriving domestic disinformation ecosystem – not to mention the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. These dynamics were fully on display with the contentious February Freedom Convoy protests against vaccine mandates in Ottawa and other major Canadian cities. Speakers discussed the challenges and dangers to Canadian democracy posed by disinformation.


Past Event

Disinformation and its Impact on Democratic Processes

An in-person event on “Disinformation and its impact on democratic processes” was held on April 26, 2022 from 16:30 to 18:00 CEST. The event took place at the International IDEA’s Headquarters located at Strömsborg 1 in Stockholm (by invitation only) and was live-streamed and recorded.


Resource Centre

Understanding Disinformation
Defining disinformation, misinformation, and other related terms.

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Initiatives, Centres, Institutes
National and international initiatives.

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Disinformation Policy
Legal and non-legislative courses of action taken in dealing with disinformation.

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Books on Misinformation
Hard cover and digital books published on disinformation, propaganda, and fake news.

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Upcoming virtual, in-house or blended format events critically exploring disinformation and related issues.

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Training, Advocacy and Codes of Practice
The importance of establishing and following codes of practice, and the role advocacy.

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Prominent governmental and non-governmental reports on public policy, digital communication and law.

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Resources to help understand and identify various aspects of disinformation.

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Articles of Interest
Articles on misinformation, disinformation, propaganda and fake news.

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Case Studies
Articles examining disinformation and its consequences in different contexts.

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Technical Aspects
Articles on the numerous technical dimensions that both foster and challenge disinformation practices.

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