November 16, 2017

WASHINGTON — Factual Democracy Project will host a press call at 1 PM ET TUESDAY, NOV. 21 to discuss the effects of sustained disinformation campaigns on a population over a sustained period. As Americans learn more about how their social media is being manipulated by Russia and other hostile actors, this call will focus on the effects of… View Article

November 02, 2017

Factual Democracy Project’s call series is devoted to fighting against fake news, the alt-right, propaganda, and disinformation that is intended to disrupt our Democracy WASHINGTON — With extremism and hate on the rise in America and across the globe, Factual Democracy Project will gather experts working on the front lines of the Internet, schools, and… View Article

October 13, 2017

Factual Democracy Project is just a couple of months old, but we’ve accomplished a lot in a short period. Below are a few updates. -Melissa Saving Democracy, One Conference Call at a Time It’s hard to believe that we’re already halfway through our inaugural call series. We’ve had three successful calls so far with more than… View Article

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