Digital disinformation in the U.S. 2016 campaigns—including misinformation campaigns, cyber attacks, news market polarization, and the wide distribution of false reporting on social media—weakened confidence in the integrity of U.S. democratic elections. European actors faced similar disruptions in the lead-up to the German elections of September 2017. Empirically, still relatively little is known about fake news—where it comes from, how it spreads, and how much it matters. This project will continue to analyze the impact these disruptions had on the democratic marketplace of ideas in Germany and translate findings back to the U.S. and elsewhere to inform subsequent election cycles.
About the Grantee
Beisheim Center Berliner Freiheit 2, Berlin, D-10785, Germany
Grants to this Grantee
for the CyberSecurity Hub
A grant to Stiftung Neue Verantwortung will support its policy-relevant research and engagement on digital and cyber policy issues, including (a) within national cybersecurity strategies such as Germany’s cybersecurity architecture, new challenges for cybersecurity policy related to the emergence and large-scale adoption of AI technologies and work within the EU Cyber Diplomacy project (EU Cyber Direct); and (b) within the private sector and the impact of IT security regulations on it, including in the context of global supply chains.
for support of research on the spread and impact of misinformation
A combination of "digital disruptions" in the U.S. 2016 campaigns — including misinformation campaigns, cyber attacks, news market polarization, and the wide distribution of false reporting on social media — weakened confidence in the integrity of U.S. democratic elections. European actors are now facing similar disruptions in the lead-up to the German elections of September 2017. Empirically, relatively little is known about fake news — where it comes from, how it spreads, and how much it matters. This project will study the impact of these disruptions on the democratic marketplace of ideas in Germany, and engage political, business, and civic leaders in dialogue about how to respond. The real-time examination of the role of fake news in the German election can later be translated back to the U.S. and elsewhere to inform subsequent election cycles.
for support of the Transatlantic Forum for Cyber Policy
A grant to Stiftung Neue Verantwortung will support its Transatlantic Forum for Cyber Policy, the goal of which is to bring the United States and Germany (and by extension the European Union) closer together on cyber policy issues. The forum will focus on: (a) mapping the full set of digital security/foreign policy issues and identifying the nature of their relationships; (b) identifying areas of common understanding and disagreement; and (c) identifying next steps to reestablish a common, transatlantic framework for cyber policy. The forum will also develop a network among key leaders in civil society, business, academia, and government as a sustainable contribution to rebuilding the transatlantic relationship.