9 Feb 2023McCain Institute

ISD joins McCain Institute’s task force on Defeating Disinformation Attacks on US Democracy

ISD’s Head of Research, Melanie Smith, joins the McCain Institute for International Leadership and Cronkite School of Journalism’s task force on Defeating Disinformation Attacks on US Democracy. As a disinformation expert, Melanie will be working alongside members of the media, civil society, corporate leaders and policymakers, from a range of organisations including The Carter Center, Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, The Atlantic, and more. Members will be working together on producing actionable recommendations and solutions on how to mitigate the threat of disinformation resulting from today’s greater technology reach.

US Senator Amy Klobuchar provided opening remarks at the task force’s initiation saying, “Democracy was one of so many causes that John McCain fought for as a service member, Congressman, and a US senator. It’s on us to pick up the torch of his leadership and continue protecting our democracy against threats such as political violence and disinformation,” she said. “I am confident that the McCain Institute’s task force will uphold John McCain’s incredible legacy and serve as a valued partner in advancing solutions to strengthen our democracy.”