Disinformation knows no frontiers
Disinformation activities on social media undermine democratic institutions, erode trust in governments, affect corporate brands and pose a serious risk for the average citizen. Perpetrators of disinformation are increasing their sophistication and abilities to promote division, conflict and even violence. The problem is growing, and more than ever, we need to better understand the phenomenon and take measures to counter this disinformation crisis. Mitigating disinformation while respecting guarantees of freedom of expression will, however, represent a challenge.
About the Lab
The Information Integrity Lab (IIL) researches disinformation sources, motivations, capabilities and intentions of malign state and non-state actors, all within the parameters established by Canadian and provincial legislation. The IIL draws on resources that intersect the disciplines of computer engineering, humanities, law, data analytics, and human rights.
The Lab functions as a growing international partnership of technical experts, researchers, academics and practitioners from various fields, all dedicated to the preservation of truth and to countering the ill effects of disinformation.