The Long Fuse: Misinformation and the 2020 election

Date and Time

March 3, 2021 12:00 PM - March 4, 2021 1:30 PM

the long fuse: misinformation and the 2020 election

Please join us on Wednesday March 3, 2020 from 3:00-4:30 pm EST (12:00-1:30 PST) for The Long Fuse: Misinformation in the 2020 Election, the public launch of a comprehensive report tracking mis- and disinformation in the 2020 election cycle. The report was produced by the Election Integrity Partnership (EIP), a coalition of research institutions that worked together to detect and mitigate viral falsehoods and to support the real-time information exchange between the research community, election officials, government agencies, civil society organizations, and social media platforms.

The Partnership was set up to monitor false information about the process and results of the 2020 election, in line with the Department of Homeland Security’s designation of elections as critical infrastructure in democracies. In particular, the EIP identified and traced the false “stolen election” narrative which would culminate in the 1/6 attack on the US Capitol. 

The event will begin with a fireside chat with Chris Krebs, the former director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), who led the effort to secure electoral infrastructure and the response to mis- and disinformation during the election period. The conversation will contextualize the role and findings of EIP within the government’s efforts to prevent the spread of malign information. Mr. Krebs will share his lessons learned securing this election and will discuss how to build resilient electoral systems going forward. 

Next, this event will feature a discussion with representatives from each of the EIP Partners: the Stanford Internet ObservatoryGraphika, the University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public, and the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab. Panelists will discuss the origins and amplification of voting-related falsehoods, charting how these narratives evolved over time. The panel will also discuss the evolution of social media platforms’ civic integrity policies and the effectiveness of their implementation. Finally, the panel will consider how the EIP can serve as a model for future mis- and disinformation monitoring efforts.   


Introductory remarks

Graham Brookie

Alex Stamos
Stanford Internet Observatory


Fireside Chat

Chris Krebs
Founding Partner
Krebs Stamos Group LLC

Moderated by

Isabella Garcia-Camargo
Project Manager
Election Integrity Partnership


Presentation featuring

Emerson Brooking
Resident Senior Fellow

Camille Francois
Chief Innovation Author

Kate Starbird
Associate Professor
Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering 

Renee DiResta
Research Manager
Stanford Internet Observatory


Moderated by

Alex Stamos
Stanford Internet Observatory


Additional speakers to be announced



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