OECD Expert Group

OECD Expert Group on Governance Responses to Mis- and Disinformation

In addition to its data collection and analysis activities, the Resource Hub facilitates dialogue and information-sharing via the informal OECD Expert Group on Governance Responses to Mis- and Disinformation. The Expert Group is co-chaired by France and the United States, and it brings together stakeholders from across governments to discuss developments in the field. To date, the Expert Group has held the following meetings: 

 

Meeting 1 – July 2021 Learning from country approaches beyond debunking and public communications
This meeting brought together government officials from different policy perspectives, academics and representatives from non-governmental organisations to identify appropriate policy options to prevent and combat mis-and disinformation. 


Meeting 2 – September 2021: Toward a policy framework

This meeting of government representatives discussed the policy options and tools governments can implement to prevent and combat mis- and disinformation.


Meeting 3 – March 2022: Expert Group Meeting in partnership with the Forum on Information and Democracy

This meeting explored what has worked and what has not with various policies already in place and examined regulatory questions and responses. It was attended by government representatives, business leaders, international organisations, academics, and civil society leaders. 

Meeting 4 – March 2023. From theory to practice, reflections after the launch of the Resource Hub 
This meeting provided a venue for governments to share examples and discuss initiatives, framed around the emerging framework outlining a comprehensive governance approach to building information integrity. It also provided an occasion for the OECD Secretariat to update members on progress, immediate next steps, and longer-term objectives of the DIS/MIS Resource Hub.


Meeting 5 – June 2023. First in-person meeting of the Expert Group

This first in-person gathering of the Expert Group facilitated engagement across OECD members and partners and strengthened the network of government officials working in this field. The meeting also provided an occasion to discuss a forward-looking agenda on how to expand engagement of the Resource Hub with non-government partners and non-OECD member governments.

13 – 14 November 2023.  Tackling disinformation: Strengthening democracy through information integrity
This conference brought together leaders from government, business, and civil society to identify effective policy responses to the urgent challenges our democracies face in the information space. Conversations focused on government architecture and coordination mechanisms, efforts to build societal resilience, and regulatory responses. See further information and watch the sessions.

Steering Group

The DIS/MIS Resource Hub is a country-led initiative, with critical support provided by the Steering Group, composed of:

  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Greece
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Norway
  • United States

What is the challenge?

Working through, and guided by, the Expert Group on Governance Responses to Mis- and Disinformation, the OECD aims to help countries respond effectively to rapid changes in how the public consumes, communicates, and shares information requires a clear understanding of the threats.


Misinformation is false or inaccurate information that is unknowingly shared, with no intent to deceive or mislead the public.

Disinformation is false or inaccurate information created and spread with the intent to deceive or mislead the public.*


More broadly, the OECD supports countries in addressing challenges to democracy by promoting information integrity, or identifying ways to encourage the transparency, authenticity, and resilience of the information ecosystem. 

 

Framework of policy options to counter disinformation and strengthen information integrity