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Cambridge Disinformation Summit

Strategic disinformation is a malignant accelerant for major societal problems such as climate change denial, the rise and sustenance of extremism, radicalisation of terrorism, criminal fraud, and suppression of rights. It is exploited across all information dissemination platforms, including social media, news media, financial and non-financial reporting, and other broadcast vehicles.


Convene global thought leaders from psychology, journalism, financial reporting, political science, and related information science fields to discuss:

  1. the societal impact of strategic disinformation
  2. methods used to disseminate disinformation
  3. the psychology of self-deception and wilful ignorance and why disinformation is effective at changing human behaviour
  4. cross-discipline and sustainable ways to mitigate disinformation efficacy.


Registration will open in 2023.


The Cambridge Disinformation Summit will be held at King’s College, Cambridge.

A dinner will also be hosted at King’s College, Cambridge.

  • Abdullahi Alim, Lead Africa & Middle East, Global Shapers Community, World Economic Forum
  • Brad Badertscher, Deloitte & Touche Professor of Accountancy, University of Notre Dame
  • Robert Bloomfield, Nicholas H. Noyes Professor of Management, Cornell University SC Johnson College of Business
  • Hui Chen, Professor of Accounting, University of Zurich
  • Angus Crawford, Correspondent, BBC News
  • Stephen Cushion, Director of Postgraduate Research, School of Journalism, Media and Culture, Cardiff University
  • Mark de Rond, Professor of Organisational Ethnography, Cambridge Judge Business School
  • Peter Easton, Director, Center for Accounting Research & Education, University of Notre Dame
  • Michelle Ferrier, Executive Director, Media Innovation Collaboratory; Professor, FAMU School of Journalism & Graphic Communication; Founder of TrollBusters
  • Duncan Green, Professor of Practice in International Development, London School of Economics; Senior Strategic Adviser, Oxfam GB
  • Alan Jagolinzer, Professor of Financial Accounting, Co-Director, Cambridge Centre for Financial Reporting & Accountability
  • Stephen Jolly, Professeur Agrégé de Géopolitique, ESC Rennes School of Business, Grande École; Fellow Commoner, St Edmund’s College, Cambridge; former senior British Defence official and propagandist
  • Brian Klaas, Associate Professor in Global Politics, University College London
  • Sander van der Linden, Professor of Social Psychology in Society and Director, Cambridge Social Decision-Making Laboratory, University of Cambridge
  • Miriam Matthews, Senior Behavioral and Social Scientist, RAND Corporation
  • Sarah McVay, Deloitte & Touche Endowed Professor in Accounting, University of Washington Foster School of Business
  • Joseph Pierre, MD, Health Sciences Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California at Los Angeles
  • Rafael Rogo, Professor of Accounting, Co-Director, Cambridge Centre for Financial Reporting & Accountability
  • Jay Rosen, Associate Professor, Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute & Director of Studio 20, New York University
  • Thomas Roulet, University Senior Lecturer in Organisation Theory, University of Cambridge Judge Business School
  • Sunita Sah, Professor of Management Studies, Cambridge Judge Business School
  • Marietje Schaake, International Policy Director, Stanford University Cyber Policy Center; International Policy Fellow at Stanford’s Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence; former Member of European Parliament.
  • David Stillwell, Lecturer in Big Data Analytics and Quantitative Social Science, Cambridge Judge Business School; Academic Director, The Psychometrics Centre, University of Cambridge
  • Ben Taylor, Global Climate Change and Sustainability Services Strategy Partner, EY London
  • Kate Wilkinson, Deputy Chief Editor, Africa Check

The Advisory Board membership is evolving and subject to change.

Characteristics of Disinformation:

  • Psychology of self-deception and wilful ignorance; why is there an audience for disinformation?
  • Bias blind spot
  • Elaboration likelihood model
  • Conspiracy Theories
  • Propaganda fire hose: how and why does it work?

Applications and Effects of Disinformation:

  • Political or extremism movements
  • Financial disinformation and capital market effects
  • Greenwashing
  • Healthcare

Combatting Disinformation:

  • Journalism training and incentives
  • Fact checking and attestation
  • Freedom of speech laws
  • Deprogramming
  • Social media algorithms, terms of service, disclaimers, deletions, and terminations

The Summit topics are evolving and subject to change.

The Centre for Financial Reporting & Accountability and the Psychometrics Centre are partnering with Mendoza College of Business, the Center for Accounting Research & Education, the University of Zurich and the Journal of Financial Reporting.

Wilful ignorance, delusion-like beliefs, and conspiracy theories

19:00-20:30, 27 January 2022

Dr Joseph Pierre, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

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The use and efficacy of propaganda

12:00-13:00, 25 February 2022

Stephen Jolly
Professeur Agrégé de Géopolitique at Rennes School of Business, Fellow Commoner of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge, and former senior British Defence official

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The process and impact of media fact-checking

12:00-13:00, 24 March 2022

Kate Wilkinson
Deputy chief editor at Africa Check

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Business risk of disinformation

19:00-20:00, 28 April 2022

Matt Gorham
Senior Fellow, Cyber & Privacy Innovation Institute, PwC US

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Disinformation for profit: the dark business behind disinformation

19:00-20:00, 23 May 2022

Dr Emma Briant
Associate Researcher in the Human Rights Program at Bard College and research affiliate of the Cambridge Centre for Financial Reporting & Accountability

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