September 02, 2017

Press Clips

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 a newsletter aptly named Ctrl Alt Right Delete,” Ryan’s gut told her that someone needed to understand this political movement that has so divided our country. And I’m betting on her and the Factual Democracy Project to be the ones to do it.”

Crooks & Liars, July 28, 2017

“I’m proud to announce the next evolution of my work: Factual Democracy Project, a home for my newsletter and expanded digital content. My first project under this new organization: a speaker series of hour long calls featuring experts in tech, media, civil society, and national security. To fund this effort, I’m launching a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.

Starting in September of 2017, I’ll produce a series of 6 conference calls — three for the public, and three exclusively for founding backers. The calls will run twice a month and last for one hour. They’ll cover topics aimed at helping you better understand the current political climate: how we got here, what we’re facing, and what we can do about it.”

Salon, August 8, 2017

““So much of fake news that gets shared is really a values statement,” said Melissa Ryan, a digital strategist who has worked for Barack Obama and former Sen. Russ Feingold. “It almost doesn’t matter if it’s true or not, I think, particularly on the right.”

Ryan currently runs a newsletter devoted to tracking the alt-right, called Ctrl Alt Right Delete, and is hosting a panel at this year’s Netroots Nation conference on how to combat fake news. She argued that people, especially right-wingers, share fake news because of how it makes them feel. Whether or not they actually think it’s true is almost beside the point.”

Campaigns & Elections, August 15, 2017 

“Shane Greer sits down with Melissa Ryan of Factual Democracy Project to discuss navigating ‘fake news’.”

NiemanLab, August 18, 2017

“Save democracy! With conference calls!”Melissa Ryan of the Factual Democracy Projectme is running a Kickstarter campaign to launch a conference-call speaker series about fake news, far-right, and misinformation-related topics. Some of the calls will be available to the public, others only to backers of the campaign and the press. First up: “Bots & Computational Propaganda,” on September 12 at 1 p.m. ET. Ryan also writes the newsletter Ctrl Alt Right Delete and, with Misinfocon, held a conference call about fake news during the French election earlier this year. The Kickstarter seeks to raise $21,880 by August 22; it was 80 percent of the way to that goal as of Friday morning.