New Information Integrity Lab at uOttawa

New Information Integrity Lab at uOttawa

New Information Integrity Lab at uOttawa 

The University of Ottawa’s Institute for Professional Development launches a world-class Information Integrity Lab.   

Information Integrity Lab will bring together a cross-disciplinary international network of experts to highlight actor behind misinformation, provide solutions 

As disinformation spreads across social media, undermining democratic institutions and eroding trust in governments, 

The University of Ottawa is bringing together an international team of experts, researchers, academics and practitioners dedicated to the preservation of truth and countering the ill effects of disinformation to launch the Information Integrity Lab. Disinformation on social media platforms pose a serious risk for the average citizen.  

As the first of its kind in Canada, the Information Integrity Lab will research disinformation sources, motivations, capabilities and intentions of malign state and non-state actors.  

The Lab will draw on resources that intersect the disciplines of computer engineering, humanities, law, data analytics, and human rights. This will provide more opportunities for students and graduates to participate. Key objectives of the Lab include building awareness and a detailed understanding of who is propagating disinformation, how it is propagated and why; issuing analyses and reports on specific events, trends, and patterns; providing recommendations for public policy and the application of the rule of law in the cyber domain specifically aimed at disinformation; training on how to assess risk, how to understand threat intelligence, and propose defensive strategies to build reliance and protection against it.  

The University of Ottawa’s Information Integrity Lab will work with organizations such as the Rutgers University Network Contagion Research Institute, the world’s foremost expert in identifying and forecasting the threat and spread of misinformation and disinformation across social media platforms, FX Innovation, a Canadian leader in digital transformation with expertise in cloud computing and artificial intelligence, the University of Ottawa-IBM Cyber Range, a $20M world-class cyber centre, made available to the Information Integrity Lab for training, simulations and research and the existing uOttawa Professional Development Institute’s Information and Cyber Security Program.