The Cohort on Information Integrity was established to discuss, collect and promote best practices on strengthening a healthy information space and information integrity and reinforcing democracy, and was launched during an online meeting on 13 July 2022.
Access to reliable information is a necessary condition for well-governed and peaceful societies. Citizens are subject to huge amounts of information that can spread rapidly without checks or controls. Information online is also often promoted according to its ability to attract attention rather than its veracity or accuracy. Worsening the picture is the increasing number of coordinated influence campaigns that seek to abuse the online sphere to spread mis- and disinformation, often enabling malign foreign influence to enter democratic elections and decision making. Disinformation is presently considered one of the most serious cyber threats that risks weakening the stability of democracies around the world.
The expected outcome from this cohort is to develop a Best Practice Toolkit on how to address disinformation in a democratic way based on the conclusions of a set of meetings. The cohort aims to create synergies with other fora and relevant groups, and align with the work of other related cohorts, such as the Media Freedom Cohort.
To achieve their objective and desired outcomes, the cohort is planning a range of meetings to work on bringing conclusions for the Best Practices Toolkit. Work will be structured into four working groups, where cohort members, with the support of co-leads are encouraged to take the lead on specific identified issues. The cohort seeks to continue its work after March 2023 by establishing a Community of Practice.
Relevant documents released by the cohort can be found in the links on the righthand side of the page, and any public events are listed below. We invite you to use the contact form on this portal if you have any contributions or corrections regarding this cohort.
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