Our mission is to resist strategic misinformation, promote an informed society, and strengthen democratic discourse.

Featured Video

‘Stand With the Facts’

VIDEOS | 05.26.2020

The Center for an Informed Public has teamed up with KUOW for a virtual event series focused on misinformation, how it spreads and how you can be a better information consumer. Watch a replay of CIP director Jevin West’s recent discussion with KUOW’s Kim Malcolm about how to spot fact from fiction during a pandemic.
> Learn more about the ‘Stand With the Facts’ virtual event series
> Register and tune in June 9 at 1 p.m. PDT for the next event, featuring CIP’s Ryan Calo discussing big tech and the fight against misinformation.

Featured News

national science foundation awards CIP researchers $200,000 covid-19 rapid grant

NEWS | 06.01.20

Center for an Informed Public principal investigators Emma Spiro, Kate Starbird and Jevin West will look at how a crisis situation like the COVID-19 pandemic can make the collective sensemaking process more vulnerable to misinformation. Read more 

“It’s one of the most  important problems of our time that we as a society need to solve. This is not a left or right issue. This is an issue that transcends political boundaries. Everyone wants to get this right.”

— Jevin West, Director



The spread of misinformation is among the most pressing challenges of our time. New platforms for human interaction and information sharing have opened the door to misinformation, disinformation and other forms of networked manipulation, which not only mislead and create divisions, but also diminish trust in democratic institutions such as science and journalism. The nonpartisan Center for an Informed Public at the University of Washington brings diverse voices from across industry, government, nonprofits and other institutions together to confront the problem through our research, education, policy and engagement efforts. Learn More



We support cutting-edge research with a strong focus on research to practice, which spans disciplines from sociology to information science and law.


We educate information consumers across the demographic landscape in order to make more informed decisions.


We address information policy through generative analyses of the legal frameworks and the available levers for intervention.


We engage directly with the public in collaboration with our partners, libraries and community leaders.