Countering Authoritarians Use of Disinformation: The Road Ahead in 2021

McCain Institute and Internews
January 27, 2021

11:00 A.M. ET

Around the globe in 2020, authoritarians exploited dis- and misinformation to undermine elections, quell political opposition, and jail journalists. With a new administration in Washington and vaccines that hold promise to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control, how will the dis- and misinformation landscape change? What are the latest solutions to rein in the ongoing “infodemic” that undermines public health – and how will authoritarians respond? Join us for a lively conversation that will preview the road ahead and explore the latest innovations technology companies, journalists, and civil society organizations are employing to address the flood of disinformation.

With Opening Remarks From:

Ambassador Mark Green, Executive Director, The McCain Institute


Jeanne Bourgault, President & CEO, Internews
Rocky Cole, Researcher, Google/Jigsaw
Enrique Gasteazoro, General Manager, Confidencial – Nicaragua

Conversation Moderated By:

Paul Fagan, Human Rights and Democracy Programs Director, The McCain Institute