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

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‘Stand With the Facts’

VIDEOS | 07.21.2020

The Center for an Informed Public 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 principal investigator Chris Coward‘s recent discussion with KUOW’s Kim Malcolm about community solutions to combat misinformation.
> Learn more about the ‘Stand With the Facts’ virtual event series

Featured News

seattle teacher brings the cip’s mission to his students and other educators

NEWS | 07.30.20

For the students who participated in MisinfoDay Jr., “they really saw it as the community service opportunity that it was: Educating their parents and community about good digital citizenship,” says Ballard High School teacher Shawn Lee.
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“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.