Misinformation / DML Prevalence: Germany
Seven different events have been summarized below and full information is available on the attached spreadsheet. They show the spread of disinformation in Germany and the response of the German government and their populace to this propaganda.
Fighting Disinformation in Germany
- Germany's plan to fight fake news was described in an article in the Christian Science Monitor in January 2017.
- NATO published the results of the spread of a story called "The Lisa Case". This was a fake story about a Russian-German girl, who had reportedly been raped by Arab migrants.
- The Integrity Commission, a German group, shines new light on Russian disinformation at a conference.
- The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins University published an article addressing the eight reasons why Russian disinformation is thriving in Germany, which included triggering already-existent anti-Western resentments.
- The German Ministry of Foreign Affairs has established a new special unit for strategic communication, mainly focusing on countering disinformation and propaganda. The goal is to spread reliable information in a sustainable manner.
- Germany is also using the military. A new Cyber and Information Domain Service (Kommando Cyber- und Informationsraum) was established in April 2017 to track and provide intelligence on foreign interference in government.
- Formed in 2014, CORRECTIV is the first non-profit research center in German-speaking countries. They research long-term injustices in society, promote media literacy, and implement educational programs.