October 05, 2017

WASHINGTON — With Facebook, Google and Twitter set to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Nov. 1, Factual Democracy Project will host a press call at 1 PM TUESDAY, OCT 10 to discuss why social media companies are so easily exploited, what Americans (regardless of political affiliation) expect tech companies to do about it, and how Americans can make… View Article

October 01, 2017

Written by Nicole Belle Conspiracy theories can be incredibly seductive. Who hasn’t wondered about what’s really stored at Area 51? Or whether the “magic bullet” theory of JFK’s assassination makes sense? Or played a Beatles album backwards to hear “Paul is dead”? But while some conspiracies are the stuff of harmless fun, some—in the hands… View Article

September 29, 2017

WASHINGTON — New exclusive polling conducted by Public Policy Polling for Factual Democracy Project shows that Americans remain surprisingly aware — and strongly disapprove — of how the platform enabled Russians to use paid media and fake news to influence American voters in the most recent election. The polling is being released amid media reports… View Article

September 19, 2017

I had a great time talking all things alt-right with Rep. Jim Himes last week. Thank you to the Democratic Women of Wesport for inviting me to speak. Westport Now covered the discussion: As to what can be done to combat the alt-right, Ryan said there are more opportunities in consumers organizing. “Consumers have a lot… View Article

September 17, 2017

Factual Democracy Project held its first call, Bots & Computational Propaganda on Sept. 12, just as media reports revealed that Russian bots are gearing up for the 2018 election. Bloomberg reported just before the call, “Blamed for steering political debate last year, bots used for Russian propaganda and other causes are only becoming more emboldened,”… View Article

September 06, 2017

Conference call series brings together bring together technology, media, national security and civil society experts to explain Bots & Computational Propaganda, Disinformation and Persuasion, Russia and the Alt-Right and Combating Hate Online & Off, Conspiracy Theories & Right Wing Media WASHINGTON — Melissa Ryan, an Obama 2012 veteran with more than a decade of digital… View Article

September 02, 2017

Factual Democracy project is just a few months old but we’re already generating a lot of buzz! Here are the best of our press clips to date. Forbes, June 30, 2017 “After the election, Ryan left her high-profile job and set forth on an entirely new plan: become an expert on the alt-right. Starting with… View Article

August 22, 2017

I’m pleased to report that the funding phase of Factual Democracy Project’s Inaugural Call Series is now complete. Thank you so much for backing this project. Because of your support we closed out 106% funded from 256 backers. Factual Democracy Project now boasts 107 founding members and 302 single call tickets sold. I want to recognize… View Article

August 02, 2017

I wanted to give you an update on my progress: As of today, I have two speakers booked for every call in the series. The goal in most cases is 4 per call. We also have a few moderators lined up, though I plan to moderate at least the first call in the series and… View Article