Global Overview: Good Practices to Counter Disinformation

Over the course of 2023 and into 2024, we had the opportunity to run an international research project mapping counter-disinformation efforts. Combining desk research, expert interviews as well as a series of research engagements supported by renown regional partners, we were able to identify over 200 initiatives and organisations, who are tackling the many facets and challenges that disinformation poses in all parts of the world.  

Below you will find our results to date, including a selection of featured initiatives whose work provides inspiration and guidance for future efforts across regions. Followed by a searchable table with all initiatives and organisations that we have mapped so far. This work isn’t done and if you find that there is anything missing, please don’t hesitate to reach out via email.

Featured Good Practices (upcoming)

There is plenty of important and outstanding work being done across the world to effectively counter digital disinformation. The following interviews and stories aim to highlight some of the initiatives whose successes stood out to us.

Overall Mapping of Counter-Disinformation Practices

This mapping currently contains around 230 counter-disinformation projects from across the world. The table allows you to filter for specific regions, methodological approaches, stakeholder groups and/or topical keywords. Once you click on any one entry, you will find short descriptions and links to explore further.

A note on methodology:  

Many of the projects listed work on a multitude of things. For mapping purposes, we opted to always select one primary methodology (debunking, demonetization, deplatforming, fact-checking, monitoring, prebunking, or other) based on what seemed most illustrative.

In addition, we categorised what each project primarily targets and/or hopes to achieve through “level of engagement”. We’ve captured this across six dimensions: regulation & policy; prevention & education; communication & media; platform design & content management; support & resources; research & analysis. For instance, if an advocacy organisation is focused on legislative change the level is “regulation & policy”; if an advocacy organisation campaigns around news reporting and narrative shifts the level is “communication & media”. Similarly, if a research institute focuses on media literacy, the level is “prevention & education”; if another research institute focuses on understanding and analysing disinformation trends, the level is “research & analysis”.

Lastly, regional focus refers to the project’s primary target audience.

  • Announcement, Data, Elections

    The many challenges of disinformation: The role of regulation, journalism, and freedom of opinion

    28.02.2024
  • Elections, Regulation

    “Hope is a big word”, election observer Armin Rabitsch on disinformation and the 2024 European Parliament elections

    13.02.2024
  • Announcement, Community, Perspectives

    Find your allies and partners in countering disinformation

    02.02.2024
  • Elections

    The credibility of Pakistan’s National Elections is under siege

    01.02.2024
  • Community, Perspectives

    It’s all about trust! Why we need to focus on the affective level of online communication

    07.12.2023

List of counter-disinformation practices

Project name
Stakeholder Group
Methodology
Regional Focus / Headquarter
  • #Faktenfuchs
    Governmental Actors
    Fact Checking
    National / Germany
  • 211 Check
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    National / South Sudan
  • 4C Strategies
    Corporate Actors
    Other
    Global / Sweden
  • Access Now
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    Global / USA
  • ADISI-Cameroon
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    National / Cameroon
  • AFP Fact Check
    Corporate Actors
    Fact Checking
    Global / France
  • Africa Center for Strategic Studies
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Monitoring
    Africa / USA
  • Africa Check
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    Africa / South Africa
  • African Centre for Media & Information Literacy (AFRICMIL)
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    Africa / Nigeria
  • African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME)
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    Africa / Uganda
  • African Digital Democracy Observatory (ADDO)
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Monitoring
    Africa / South Africa
  • African Fact-Checking Alliance (AFCA)
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    Africa / South Africa
  • African Institute for Investigative Journalism (AIIJ)
    Corporate Actors
    Fact Checking
    Africa / Uganda
  • AI Forensics
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    Global / France
  • Alliance of Democracies
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    Global / Denmark
  • Alliance4Europe
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    Europe / Germany
  • Alt News
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Prebunking
    National / India
  • Amadeu Antonio Stiftung
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    National / Germany
  • Anti Defamation League (ADL)
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Monitoring
    Global / USA
  • Aos Fatos
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    South America / Brazil
  • Arab Fact-Checkers Network (AFCN)
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    MENA / Jordan
  • Article19
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    Global / United Kingdom
  • Asociación por los Derechos Civiles (ADC)
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    South America / Argentina
  • Aspen Institute Germany
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    Global / Germany
  • Association des Blogueurs de Guinée
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    National / Guinea
  • Atlantic Council Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab)
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Monitoring
    Global / USA
  • Bad News
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Prebunking
    Global / United Kingdom
  • Be Internet Awesome
    Corporate Actors
    Prebunking
    Global / USA
  • Beam Reports
    Corporate Actors
    Fact Checking
    National / Sudan
  • Bee Secure
    Governmental Actors
    Prebunking
    Europe / Luxembourg
  • Bellingcat
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    Global / Netherlands
  • Betterplace Lab
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    National / Germany
  • BezDezinfa
    Corporate Actors
    Other
    Europe / Czech Republic
  • Bolivia Verifica
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Monitoring
    South America / Bolivia
  • Boom Fact Check
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    Asia-Pacific / India
  • Bot Sentinel Inc.
    Corporate Actors
    Monitoring
    Global / USA
  • Bucerius Lab
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    National / Germany
  • Build Up
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Monitoring
    Global / USA
  • Business News Fact Check
    Corporate Actors
    Fact Checking
    National / Tunisia
  • Bytes for All (B4A)
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Monitoring
    Global / Pakistan
  • Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM)
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    National / Cambodia
  • Captain Fact
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    Global / France
  • CARD Ethiopia
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    National / Ethiopia
  • Cazadores de Fake News
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    South America / Venezuela
  • Cek Fakta Liputan 6
    Corporate Actors
    Fact Checking
    Asia-Pacific / Indonesia
  • Cekfakta
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    National / Indonesia
  • CeMAS
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Monitoring
    National / Germany
  • Center for Countering Digital Hate
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    Global / USA
  • Centre for Analytics and Behavioural Change (CABC)
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Monitoring
    National / South Africa
  • Centre for Democracy & Development (CDD-West Africa)
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    Africa / Nigeria
  • Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD)
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    Africa / Nigeria
  • Centre for Innovation & Technology (CITE)
    Corporate Actors
    Fact Checking
    National / Zimbabwe
  • Check First
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    Global / Finnland
  • Check My Ads Institute
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Demonitasitaion
    Global / USA
  • Checkology
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    North America / USA
  • Chequeado
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    South America / Argentina
  • CIPESA
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    Africa / Uganda
  • Circuito
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    South America / Colombia
  • Claim Buster
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    North America / USA
  • Climate Action Against Disinformation (CAAD) coalition
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    Global /
  • Climate Feedback
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    Global / France
  • Cocuyo Chequea
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    National / Venezuela
  • Code for All
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    Global / Poland
  • Codetekt
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    National / Germany
  • Coding Rights
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    Global / Brazil
  • Cofact
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    National / Thailand
  • Cofacts
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    National / Taiwan
  • COM-PRESS
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    Global / Belgium
  • Congo Check
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    National / Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Contextual
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Monitoring
    South America / Argentina
  • Corrective
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    National / Germany
  • Cotejo.info
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    South America / Venezuela
  • Countering Truth Decay
    Corporate Actors
    Other
    North America / USA
  • Credibility Coalition
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    North America / USA
  • Cyabra
    Corporate Actors
    Other
    Global / Israel
  • Czech Elves / Čeští Elfové
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Monitoring
    Global / Czech Republic
  • Dare to be Grey
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Debunking
    Europe / Netherlands
  • Das NETTZ
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    National / Germany
  • DataLEADs
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    Global / India
  • Debunk Media Initiative
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    National / Uganda
  • Debunk.org
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Debunking
    Europe / Lithuania
  • Defensoría del Público de Servicios de Comunicación Audiovisual
    Governmental Actors
    Other
    National / Argentina
  • Demagog
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    Europe / Poland
  • Demagog.cz
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    National / Czech Republic
  • Derechos Digitales
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    South America / Chile
  • Digital Access
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    National / Cameroon
  • Digital Enquirer Kit
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    Global / Germany
  • Digital Forensics, Research and Analytics Center (DFRAC)
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    Asia-Pacific / India
  • Digital Society Project (DSP)
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Monitoring
    Global / Sweden
  • DISARM Foundation
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    Global / USA
  • Disinfo Radar
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    Global / Germany
  • DisinfoWatch
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Monitoring
    North America / Canada
  • Doublethink Lab
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Monitoring
    Asia-Pacific / Taiwan
  • Dubawa
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    Africa / Nigeria
  • Duke Reporter’s Lab
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    Global / USA
  • El Sabueso
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    South America / Mexico
  • ElectoFacts
    Governmental Actors
    Debunking
    National / Canada
  • Ethiopia Check
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    National / Kenya
  • EU DisinfoLab
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Monitoring
    Europe / Belgium
  • European Digital Media Observatory (EDMO)
    Governmental Actors
    Fact Checking
    National / Italy
  • EUvsDisinfo
    Governmental Actors
    Monitoring
    Europe / Belgium
  • Fact Crescendo
    Corporate Actors
    Fact Checking
    Asia-Pacific / India
  • Facta.news
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    Europe / Italy
  • FactCheck.lk
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    Asia-Pacific / Sri Lanka
  • FactCheck.org
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    National / USA
  • FactChecker.in
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    National / India
  • FactRakers
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    National / Philippines
  • FactStream
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    National / USA
  • Faktabaari
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    Europe / Finland
  • Faktograf
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    National / Croatia
  • FasoCheck
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    National / Burkina Faso
  • Fast Check CL
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    South America / Chile
  • Forensically
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    Global / Switzerland
  • Forum on Information and Democracy
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Monitoring
    Global / France
  • Full Fact
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    National / United Kingdom
  • Fundación Getulio Vargas (FGV)
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    South America / Brazil
  • Fundación Karisma
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    South America / Colombia
  • Fundación Multitudes
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    Global / Chile
  • Gender Tech Initiative
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    National / Uganda
  • German Marshall Fund (GMF)
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Monitoring
    Global / USA
  • Gerulata
    Corporate Actors
    Monitoring
    Global / Slovakia
  • Global Coalition for Tech Justice
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Monitoring
    Global / USA
  • Global Digital Inclusion Partnership
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    Global / USA
  • Global Disinformation Index
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Demonitasitaion
    Global / United Kingdom
  • Global Witness
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    Global / United Kingdom
  • GO VIRAL!
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Prebunking
    Global / United Kingdom
  • Graphika
    Corporate Actors
    Monitoring
    Global / USA
  • HaqCheck
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    National / Ethopia
  • HateAid
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    Europe / Germany
  • Hoaxy
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Monitoring
    Global / USA
  • how to verify?
    Governmental Actors
    Fact Checking
    Global / Germany
  • Igarapé Institute
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    Global / Brazil
  • Infodemia
    Governmental Actors
    Fact Checking
    National / Mexico
  • Inform Africa
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    National / Ethopia
  • Information Futures Lab
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    Global / USA
  • InoculatED
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Prebunking
    National / Philippines
  • Institute for Security Studies (ISS)
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Monitoring
    Africa / South Africa
  • Institute for Strategic Dialogue
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Monitoring
    Global / United Kingdom
  • Institute of Communication Studies (ICS)
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    National / North Macedonia
  • International Center for Journalists (ICFJ)
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    Africa / USA
  • International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN)
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    Global / USA
  • InternetLab
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    South America / Brazil
  • iROZHLAS
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    Europe / Czech Republic
  • iVerify
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    National / Liberia
  • iWatch Africa
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    Africa / Ghana
  • Jamii Check
    Corporate Actors
    Debunking
    National / Tanzania
  • Jamlab
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    Africa / South Africa
  • Jigsaw
    Corporate Actors
    Prebunking
    Global / USA
  • JOMCHECK
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    Asia-Pacific / Malaysia
  • Knight Foundation
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    National / USA
  • Konspirátori
    Corporate Actors
    Demonitasitaion
    Global / Slovakia
  • La Foundation Hirondelle
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    Global / Switzerland
  • Lead Stories
    Corporate Actors
    Fact Checking
    Global / USA
  • Learn to Discern
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Prebunking
    Global / USA
  • LEXOTA
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    Africa / South Africa
  • Lie Detectors
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Prebunking
    Europe / Belgium
  • Linterna Verde
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Monitoring
    South America / Colombia
  • LIRNEasia
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Monitoring
    Asia-Pacific / Sri Lanka
  • Logically
    Corporate Actors
    Monitoring
    Global / United Kingdom
  • Lupa
    Corporate Actors
    Fact Checking
    South America / Brazil
  • Mafindo
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    Asia-Pacific / Indonesia
  • Mala Espina Check
    Corporate Actors
    Fact Checking
    National / Chile
  • Maldito Bulo
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    National / Spain
  • Mandiant
    Corporate Actors
    Monitoring
    Global / USA
  • Manipulátori
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    National / Czech Republic
  • Media Monitoring Africa (MMA)
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Prebunking
    Africa / South Africa
  • Mediasabak
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    National / Kyrgyzstan
  • MediaWise
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Prebunking
    North America / USA
  • Mimikama
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    Europe / Austria
  • Misinformation Combat Alliance
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    Global / India
  • Misinformation Review, Harvard Kennedy School
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    Global / USA
  • Movilizatorio
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    National / Colombia
  • Mozilla Foundation
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Monitoring
    Global / USA
  • MyGoPen
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    National / Taiwan
  • Namibia Fact Check
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    National / Namibia
  • News Guard
    Corporate Actors
    Other
    Global / USA
  • News Literacy Project
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    National / USA
  • Observacom
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Monitoring
    South America / Uruguay
  • Observatorio de medios
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Monitoring
    National / Argentina
  • ODIL
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    Global / France
  • Ojo Público
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    Global / Peru
  • Open Society Foundations (OSF)
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    Global / USA
  • OSINT for Ukraine
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Monitoring
    Europe / Netherlands
  • Pagella Politica
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    National / Italy
  • PesaCheck
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    Africa / Kenya
  • Philippine Fact-Checker Incubator (PFCI)
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    Asia-Pacific / Philippines
  • Planspiel „Fakt oder Fake“
    Governmental Actors
    Debunking
    Europe / Germany
  • PolitiFact
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    North America / USA
  • PREVENT
    Governmental Actors
    Prebunking
    National / Germany
  • Protege QV
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    Africa / Cameroon
  • Proyecto Desconfío
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    South America / Argentina
  • RAND – Countering Truth Decay
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    Global / USA
  • Rappler
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    Global / Philippines
  • Real411
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    National / South Africa
  • reset.tech
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    Global / United Kingdom
  • RESIST 2 Counter Disinformation Toolkit
    Governmental Actors
    Prebunking
    National / United Kingdom
  • Retraction Watch
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    Global / USA
  • Roundcheck
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    Africa / Nigeria
  • RumorGuard
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Debunking
    North America / USA
  • Sleeping Giants
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Demonitasitaion
    South America / Brazil
  • Snopes
    Corporate Actors
    Fact Checking
    National / USA
  • Soch Fact Check
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    Asia-Pacific / Pakistan
  • Sourcer
    Corporate Actors
    Fact Checking
    Global / Netherlands
  • South Asia Check
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    Asia-Pacific / Nepal
  • SPARTA
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Monitoring
    Global / Germany
  • Stiftung Neue Verantwortung
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    Global / Germany
  • Stimson Center
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    Global / USA
  • StopFake
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    Europe / Ukraine
  • Swedish Psychological Defense Agency
    Governmental Actors
    Prebunking
    National / Sweden
  • Taiwan FactChecker Center
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    National / Taiwan
  • Textgain
    Corporate Actors
    Monitoring
    Europe / Belgium
  • The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    Africa / South Africa
  • The ClaimReview Project
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    Global / USA
  • The Continent
    Corporate Actors
    Other
    Africa / South Africa
  • The Factual
    Corporate Actors
    Fact Checking
    Global / USA
  • The Stage Media (TSM)
    Corporate Actors
    Fact Checking
    National / Liberia
  • TITAN AI
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    Global / Italy
  • Tri Facts
    Corporate Actors
    Fact Checking
    Africa / South Africa
  • Troll Factory
    Governmental Actors
    Prebunking
    Global / Finland
  • TrollWall
    Corporate Actors
    Other
    Global / Norway
  • Truth, Lies & Democracy
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    Europe / Austria
  • Truthmeter
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    Global / Macedonia
  • UNESCO Social Media 4 Peace Coalition
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    Global / France
  • VERA files Fact Check
    Corporate Actors
    Fact Checking
    National / Philippines
  • vera.ai
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    Global / Germany
  • Verificado
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    National / Mexico
  • Viginum
    Governmental Actors
    Monitoring
    National / France
  • Vishvas News
    Corporate Actors
    Fact Checking
    National / India
  • Watchdog
    Corporate Actors
    Other
    Asia-Pacific / Sri Lanka
  • WeVerify
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    Europe / United Kingdom
  • WhoTargetsMe
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Monitoring
    Global / United Kingdom
  • You VS the Internet
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Prebunking
    National / South Africa
  • Zaina Foundation
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    National / Tanzania
  • Zentrum Liberale Moderne
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Other
    Global / Germany
  • ZimFact
    Civil Society and Researchers
    Fact Checking
    National / Zimbabwe