Disinformation I: The use of the terms "misinformation" and "disinformation" is on the rise, but what is the difference between the two? 

Misinformation is false or inaccurate information spread unintentionally. Disinformation is intentionally false information, designed to manipulate perceptions of reality and inflict harm. Misinformation is often the more difficult of the two to diagnose. Disinformation is more problematic, however, as its intentions are to inflict harm, influence politics, and intensify social conflict. 

Eurasia Foundation is combatting mis- and disinformation by training investigative journalists, media producers, and media consumers to recognize and refute false information globally. Our programs rely on research to understand the motivations, strategies, and tactics used to spread false narratives. We analyze the media landscape, target audiences, and the effects of media on different demographics. We then take those results and build targeted media trainings to support fact-checking and investigative journalism.

This week, we are highlighting the steps EF programs are taking to ensure communities have resources and access to accurate information. Follow along!