Public governance responses to mis- and disinformation


  • Misinformation: false or inaccurate information not disseminated with the intention of deceiving the public
  • Disinformation: false, inaccurate, or misleading information deliberately created, presented and disseminated to deceive the public

The real dangers of mis- and disinformation

  • It can fuel declining public trust in institutions and disenchantment with democratic processes
  • It can distort a country's domestic policies and election systems
  • It can undermine efforts to protect public health, national interests and national security
  • It can undermine government's ability to implement policies

The problem is global:

  • All countries are vulnerable to sophisticated and dangerous disinformation
  • "Industrialised disinformation" involving a multitude of actors – domestic, international, state, non-state, private firms, and digital intermediaries - is growing rapidly


3rd Meeting of the OECD Expert Group on Mis- and Disinformation, Fighting Disinformation Together: Toward a New Governance Model
21 March 2022

Session 1 – Going beyond existing policies and partnerships: Building resilience   Session 2 - Emerging regulatory measures to address mis- and disinformation


Mathias Cormann, Secretary-General, OECD,  speaking at UNGA “Summit for Information and Democracy” session "Misinformation and freedom of information on social media – How can democracies respond to infodemics?"  24 September 2021