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The Disinformation Election: Will the wildfire of conspiracy theories impact the vote?

Trust in institutions is at an all-time low, and only 44% of Americans have confidence in the honesty of elections. Distrust and election-related disinformation are leaving society vulnerable to conspiracy theories.

Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group and GZERO Media, notes that American democracy is in crisis largely because “one thing not in short supply this election season: conspiracy theories.”

As part of GZERO Media’s election coverage, we are tracking the impact of disinformation and conspiracy theories on democracy. To get a sense of how this election may be pulled down a dark and dangerous rabbit hole, click here for our interactive guide to conspiracy theories.

Wolfgang Ischinger: "Europeans don't even trust their own governments"
Wolfgang Ischinger: "Europeans Don't Even Trust Their Own Governments" | Global Stage | GZERO Media

Wolfgang Ischinger: "Europeans don't even trust their own governments"

In a discussion about cyber security and data privacy, Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, shared concerns that the public in Europe have a deep distrust of governments and the private sector. "Europeans across the board, don't even trust their own governments. They don't trust their own companies. They trust them a little more than they trust the American government and American companies," he explained, referencing recent polling data. "But the really worrisome thing is that they mistrust Americans almost as much, as you just pointed out, as they mistrust the Chinese."
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