Wavelength Weekly

— a weekly collection of reporting and research on disinformation —

How to Defeat Disinformation

An Agenda for the Biden Administration

By Nina Jankowicz
November 19, 2020
The 2016 U.S. presidential election propelled the threat of disinformation to the forefront of public debate. Americans were shocked by Russian attempts to influence voters by spreading misleading narratives. They had never imagined that a foreign power might use social media and other modern technologies to interfere in their elections . . . .

A supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump in Miami, Florida, November 2020 (Marco Bello / Reuters)
Researchers in a lab run by Moderna, which said that its experimental vaccine was 94.5 percent effective in preventing covid-19 based on interim data. (Moderna/Reuters)

The Cybersecurity 202: The next big disinformation fight is coming – over coronavirus vaccines

By Joseph Marks with Tonya Riley
November 17, 2020 at 7:15 a.m. EST

As false claims continue to fly about the 2020 election, officials and experts are already preparing for the next big disinformation fight over coronavirus vaccines . . . .  

Myths About Vote Tampering Could Persist For Years, Say Experts

By Patrick Turner
November 12, 2020

Supporters of President Trump, who baselessly claimed voter fraud after Trump’s first election, had long telegraphed their intent to do so again after his second. One week after Election Day, experts say that’s exactly what happened — and even though Trump is going away, vote tampering myths and misinformation is here to stay . . . .

In Praise of Chris Krebs

By Susan Hennessey, Rohini Kurup, and Benjamin Wittes
Friday, November 20, 2020, 3:11 PM

There are not many political appointees to emerge from the Trump administration with reputations enhanced by their service in it. There are any number who went in with strong reputations and damaged them irreparably . . .