There is a saying that “all disinformation is local”. However, while the narratives employed, issues concerned, or social tensions exploited may be context-specific, many of the most powerful drivers that animate the negative feedback loop between social cohesion and disinformation are global in nature.
Creating opportunities for stakeholders from different contexts to learn about each other’s challenges and concerns can create deeper understandings of those dynamics, illuminate the nature of the threats and risks involved and shared, and foster new motivation and avenues for cooperation.
Phase II creates opportunities to look across country-level scenarios to identify patterns and insights that cannot be gained when using a thematic lens, and can be missed when focusing on one context alone. Phase II also fosters new partnerships for action across borders. The resulting insights will further be used to help shape heuristic frameworks pertaining to the loop, and for reflecting on emerging global scenarios.