Global Disinformation Index

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 14 March 2023.

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Photo of Lord Jackson of Peterborough Lord Jackson of Peterborough Conservative

To ask His Majesty's Government what funding they have provided to the Global Disinformation Index since 2017; and for what purpose they have provided it.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The FCDO Counter Disinformation and Media Development Programme has funded the Global Disinformation Index (GDI) since 2019, for activities outside the US, providing £1,999,026 between 2019 and 2022, with a further £600,797 during the current financial year.

As graphically demonstrated around its illegal war in Ukraine, Russia has made disinformation central to its foreign and security policies and invested massively in systems to deny, obfuscate and distract from its actions. The Kremlin exploits any issue or system, including internet platforms and social media.

GDI uses technology to identify malign use of the internet and works with technology companies to respond appropriately.

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