Elite educational institutions from Harvard to Yale were the first to bandwagon on the ‘disinformation’ panic that arose after President Trump’s election victory in 2016.
Millions of dollars was spent at think tanks and universities to research right-wing and Russian disinformation.
Some projects, such as Hamilton 68, which was used by dozens of left-leaning outlets to claim that Russian disinformation bots were a prevalent force on the internet, have been thoroughly debunked as the methodology they used could not hold up to scrutiny.
Now, Harvard’s own disinformation project is going belly up as the lead expert, Joan M. Donovan, is being forced to resign by the summer of 2024.
The project came in to existence in 2019 ahead of the 2020 presidential election, and its research has been frequently cited by the mainstream media and Democratic politicians.
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Donovan is no longer allowed to raise funds for the project and a hiring freeze has been instituted by the university.
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BREAKING: Harvard misinformation program implodes as university cuts ties with 'disinformation trackers' that lied about Hunter Biden laptop https://t.co/pEwiKvZIfT
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The dean of the Harvard Kennedy School is reportedly forcing “misinformation expert” Joan M. Donovan from her position at the school’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, as well as ending her research project.
Three sources that are staff members at the Harvard Kennedy School told The Harvard Crimson that Donovan, who is not a tenure-track professor has been told that she has until the summer of 2024 to end her Technology and Social Change Project, and leave her role at the school.
Donovan serves as the Shorenstein Center’s research director, and has led the project since its creation in 2019. She has also served as an adjunct lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Donovan was reportedly told that her prominence at the school led to Harvard Kennedy School Dean Douglas W. Elmendorf ending her time at the center, according to The Harvard Crimson.