Fighting Election-Related Disinformation with the Election Integrity Partnership

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
10:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Elena Cryst Kate Starbird Camille Francois


Join speakers from the newly formed Election Integrity Partnership, on Wednesday August 12th at 10 a.m. Pacific Time for a look at how the partnership aims to tackle electoral disinformation in real timeThe Election Integrity Partnership is a coalition of research entities focused on supporting real-time information exchange between the research community, election officials, government agencies, civil society organizations, and social media platforms. The objective is to detect and mitigate the impact of attempts to prevent or deter people from voting or to delegitimize election results. 



The foundational Partnership consists of four of the nation’s leading institutions focused on analysis of mis- and disinformation in the social media landscape: the Stanford Internet Observatory and Program on Democracy and the InternetGraphika, the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, and the University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public.

Read more about the Election Integrity Partnership.


Elena Cryst is the Assistant Director of the Stanford Internet Observatory. She brings eight years of program development and management experience to the Internet Observatory. She joined the Observatory in 2019 from the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) where she was Director of Programs. 

Emerson T. Brooking is a resident fellow at the Digital Forensic Research Lab of the Atlantic Council and coauthor of LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media. Most recently, he was research fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations—the youngest researcher in a generation to receive such an appointment. Brooking has spoken regularly on the topic of information warfare and political manipulation, advising multiple U.S. technology companies and national security entities.

Kate Starbird is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) and Director of the Emergent Capacities of Mass Participation Lab. She is also adjunct faculty in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering and the Information School and a data science fellow at the eScience Institute. Kate's research is situated within human-computer interaction (HCI) and the emerging field of crisis informatics — the study of how information-communication technologies (ICTs) are used during crisis events.

Isabella García-Camargo is the Product Manager for the Election Integrity Partnership and a graduate student in Computer Science at Stanford University. 

Camille Francois works on cyber conflict and digital rights online. She currently serves as the Research and Analysis Director at Graphika, where she leads the company’s work to detect and mitigate disinformation, media manipulation and harassment in partnership with major technology platforms, human rights groups and universities around the world.