A good way to fight bad news

Hi, we are DROG!

This is your counter-disinformation platform. We are a multidisciplinary team of academics, journalists and media experts. We conduct research, offer consultancy, develop educational programmes and create innovative tools that help you build resistance to disinformation. Our team is from all over Europe - but our headquarters are in The Hague.

DROG is convinced that the best way to fight disinformation is by actually letting you experience how it works. In fact… by letting you make it yourself. This is what we call inoculation. We develop all kinds of “vaccines” against disinformation; for students, policymakers and social media platforms. Have a look at our projects: Bad News and Adtac. By exposing how disinformation works we increase your resistance to it. From serious games to a fully immersive workshop in our simulation environment, we let you experience the inner workings of disinformation for yourself. This is what makes our approach unique.

Our Approach

In collaboration with researchers at Cambridge University, we bring the medical concept of inoculation into the realm of information. We believe that the best way to recognize when disinformation is used against you, is by creating it yourself. learn how to recognize disinformation is to create it yourself. At DROG, we invite you to step out of your comfort zone and into the mind of the “bad guy”. This way you gain insight into the various tactics and methods used to spread disinformation. We call this approach pre-bunking. If you know what to look out for, you can resist it.

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Information on disinformation

Disinformation: what’s the problem?

Disinformation is the dissemination of false information with the intent to mislead audiences. It has become a global problem, reinforced by the ubiquitous presence of the internet and the fact that large swaths of people receive most of their news via social media.

To give an example: around 47 million Twitter accounts (approximately 15%) are bots. Many of these bots are used to spread political disinformation, for example during election campaigns.

Fake news and other forms of disinformation are used by various parties, including some governments, to influence public opinion, often with success. This works because many people fail to recognize false information when it’s presented to them. A recent British study indicated that only 4% of participants was able to tell fake news from real.

Recent examples of influential disinformation campaigns include the MacronLeaks during the French presidential elections in 2017, the Pizzagate controversy during the 2016 US elections, the various “alternative” explanations surrounding the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in July 2014 and the rumors circulating in Sweden about the country’s cooperation with NATO.

What’s the solution?

Disinformation can be countered in numerous ways: by changing search engines’ or social media sites’ search and display algorithms, by blocking certain websites, by mounting awareness campaigns, or through education.

The most effective method is to foster critical and well-informed news consumers. Knowledge and education are by far the best weapons against disinformation.

Inoculation theory, which has its roots in social psychology, states that people are able to build up a resistance against false or misleading information by being presented with a weakened version of a misleading argument before being exposed to the “real” information. You can see this as giving people a kind of “vaccine” against misleading information. If you can recognize it, you can resist it.

We believe that the best way to learn to recognize disinformation is to create it yourself. By taking on the role of a fake news-monger, you gain insight into the various tactics and methods used by ‘real’ disinformants to spread their message. This, in turn, builds up resistance.


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Insights into disinformation attacks

Adtac

Adtac offers advanced disinformation security services; we provide a frontline simulation environment to help you defend against tomorrow’s adversarial tactics and technologies. By joining us you get access to our network of disinformation experts and consultants. Through our multi-stakeholder approach we bring together top decision-makers, policy makers, tech firms, multinationals, and experts.

Disinformation results in social unrest and is a challenge to the integrity of democratic institutions, companies and individuals. We help you to face these threats. Our unique combination of real-time simulations, innovative labs and hands-on expertise offers you proactive insights to counter disinformation effectively.

Where other counter-disinformation organisations focus on narratives, we specifically focus on the tactics and technology of online manipulation. Our simulations explore the underlying mechanisms of disinformation that drive its amplification and creation. This way participants gain a holistic understanding of the way coordinated disinformation is created and how to respond, to address the problems at hand.

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The most dangerous game

Are you ready to make headlines?

In the social impact game Bad News you take on the role of a propagandist. Enter the shadowy world of online deceit and rise to power. Build your army of online trolls and spread conspiracies to influence the public debate and contemplate the dangerous implications disinformation can have on your daily life and society as a whole.

In collaboration with the University of Cambridge we have developed this innovative game to show you how various tactics and methods are used to spread deceitful messages. We believe the best way to cultivate a sixth sense to recognise and expose disinformation is to create it yourself.

Why do you want to play Bad News?

Once you start making fake news (or disinformation) you'll discover how easy it is. You'll go from running your own blog to managing a news network, an army of social media bots and after that... revolution!

  • Discover the power of disinformation!

  • Focus on emotional issues to prevent rational discussion!

  • Get millions of followers, disregard the cost!

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Make headlines as a cunning fake news creator in this social impact game.


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info@aboutbadnews.com +31 848321187

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press@badnews.eu

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Press Release 07/10/20

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a Covid-19 ‘infodemic’. If unaddressed, false information is likely to undermine overall vaccine confidence and eventually the uptake of CV19 vaccines.

In collaboration with the University of Cambridge we have developed this innovative game to show you how various tactics and methods are used to spread deceitful messages. We believe the best way to cultivate a sixth sense to recognise and expose disinformation is to create it yourself.

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[German](http://www.goviralgame.com/de?utmsource=EO&utmmedium=SocialMe dia&utmcampaign=goviral&utmcontent=De)