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Disinformation is a serious threat to the legitimacy of elections and therefore to democracy as a whole. When ill-intentioned actors deliberately spread false information before, during or after elections, it erodes trust in the institutions that are critical to a functioning democracy.
Disinformation tactics have become a low cost, low risk way to sway public opinion, delegitimise elections and election organisers, and suppress voter turnout. In addition, disinformation stokes chaos and division at the very moment when tensions are high and risk of violence is elevated. We want to understand how this manifests in different countries and contexts.
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