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

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CIP researchers promote trustworthy sources of information on covid-19

NEWS | 03.12.20

Center for an Informed Public researchers and affiliates have been prominent voices in the media in recent weeks as the COVID-19 pandemic has developed, demonstrating the type of public engagement envisioned for the Center. Read more 

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‘Who Can We Trust?’ Town Hall Seattle event

VIDEOS | 1.23.20

Researchers from the Center for an Informed Public presented their vision for their new research center and fielded questions from the audience at an interactive event at Town Hall Seattle.

“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.