Combating Digital Disinformation: Resisting Foreign Influence Operations through Federal Policy

Author: Dipayan Ghosh


Internet-based disinformation operations have infiltrated the universe of political communications in the United States. American politics and elections carry major implications for the national and global economy, as well as for diplomatic relations conducted by and with the United States. As a result, the United States is a major target for politically charged propaganda promulgated by both foreign and domestic actors. This paper presents a two-part approach to countering internet-based disinformation.

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About the Author

Dipayan Ghosh is Co-Director of the Digital Platforms & Democracy Project and Shorenstein Fellow at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he works on digital privacy, artificial intelligence, and civil rights.  He is also Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, where he teaches on the economics of internet monopolization.  Ghosh previously worked on global privacy and public policy issues at Facebook, where he led strategic efforts to address privacy and security.  Prior, Ghosh was a technology and economic policy advisor in the Obama White House.  He served across the Office of Science & Technology Policy and the National Economic Council, where he worked on issues concerning big data’s impact on consumer privacy and the digital economy.  Ghosh has served as a Public Interest Technology fellow at New America, the Washington-based public policy think tank. He received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering & computer science at Cornell University and completed postdoctoral study in the same field at the University of California, Berkeley.