Digital Disinformation

This project provides novel insights into what makes digital disinformation successful in propagating into news media, how professional trolls and nonhumans (bots) are implicated, and how receptive different countries and media platforms are to disinformation. The project findings provide much-needed insight on information wars, the quality of public debate and how to respond to digital disinformation in the 21st century.


Online disinformation and cyber warfare are among the top 10 global risks, according to the World Economic Forum (2016). Disinformation is false information that is spread as part of a strategic effort to deceive, subterfuge or confuse. With greater penetration of information technology worldwide, disinformation spreads rapidly and is sometimes consumed as factual news with dramatic consequences. Digital disinformation is employed strategically by states and non-state actors across the world.
































Yevgeniy Golovchenko, (2021). 'Fighting Propaganda with Censorship: A Study of the Ukrainian Ban on Russian Social Media'. Journal of Politics, 38(3).

Mareike Hartmann, Yevgeniy Golovchenko & Isabelle Augenstein (2019). "Mapping (Dis-)Information Flow about the MH17 Plane Crash". Conference paper, Workshop on NLP4IF: censorship, disinformation, and propaganda. EMNLP, August 2019.

Frederik Georg Hjorth & Rebecca Adler-Nissen (2019)."Ideological Asymmetry in the Reach of Pro-Russian Digital Disinformation to United States Audiences". Journal of Communication, Volume 69, Issue 2, April 2019, pages 168-192.













Principal Investigator

Professor Rebecca Adler-Nissen
Department of Political Science
University of Copenhagen
Phone: +45 35 32 33 97

Student assistants

Amalia Charlotte Pape

Emilie Fabricius Eriksen







Name Title Phone E-mail
Adler-Nissen, Rebecca Professor +4530224075 E-mail
Golovchenko, Yevgeniy Assistant Professor - Tenure Track +4535333418 E-mail
Hjorth, Frederik Georg Associate Professor - Promotion Programme +4535324104 E-mail

External group-member

Name Title
Mareike Hartmann Postdoc
Sune Lehmann Jørgensen Professor
Anders Søgaard Professor