The Rita Allen Foundation, in partnership with RTI International, has issued a Call for Ideas to curb the spread of misinformation.
Much attention has been paid to the volume and sources of misinformation, but less well explored are the human behaviors, motivations, and decisions that drive the sharing of misinformation. The call from the foundation seeks interventions focused on reducing behaviors that lead to the spread of misinformation or on encouraging behaviors that lead to the minimization of its influence.
Up to five ideas will be selected to be featured in the Misinformation Solutions Forum, October 4, 2018, at the Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C. To catalyze further development and deployment of solutions, two of the participating teams will be selected to receive Misinformation Solution Prizes of $50,000 (first place) and $25,000 (runner-up).
Ideas should be submitted by teams of at least two people with the skills, expertise, experience, and networks needed to develop the idea and promote it to key audiences. The foundation welcomes submissions from a range of innovators, including academic researchers, communication and technology professionals, journalists, health professionals, community leaders, advertisers, and educators.
Teams whose ideas are selected will receive travel funds for up to two team members to participate in the forum, where they will have an opportunity to further hone and develop their ideas with input from a variety of industry professionals, funders, and experts.
For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Rita Allen Foundation website.