Italy’s Media Under the Disinformation Spotlight: Risks, Opportunities and Journalistic Standards

Event Information

Date:February 23, 2022
Time:1:13:00 PM UTC
Duration:1.5 hours

Join the Global Disinformation Index for a special event.

Date: 23rd February 2022

Time: 3-4.30 pm CET / 2.-3.30 pm GMT

Register here.

Websites have financial incentives to spread disinformation – increasing their online traffic and, ultimately, their advertising revenue. Meanwhile, the dissemination of disinformation has disruptive and impactful consequences. As online media consumption behaviours constantly evolve, disinformation tactics evolve alongside them. With greater access to information, readers can now connect to their information bubble in a more intuitive yet also more invasive and isolating way. 

This makes the spread of disinformation an urgent topic spanning the interface between quality journalism, media technology and the polarisation of society. 

The Global Disinformation Index (GDI) examines this critical connection through robust research and analysis. Using our unique selection of indicators and a combination of human review and machine learning, GDI assesses a site’s overall risk of carrying disinformation. Now, GDI has compiled initial insights into Italy’s media market and its overall levels of disinformation risk, along with the strengths and challenges the sites might face in mitigating disinformation risks.

Learn more at the launch of GDI’s Disinformation Risk Assessment report on the Italian media market! With this panel, we aim to start a conversation about the impact of disinformation and explore potential solutions and challenges in each of these domains.

The launch event will see panelists discuss the findings of the research, and discuss the impacts of those findings, before taking Q&A from the audience. The working language of this event is Italian but live translation to English will be provided.


Antonio Zappulla, CEO, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Claudio Cappon, ex-DG of RAI and current Chairman of the JTI Accreditation Council

Paula Gori, Secretary-General and Coordinator, EDMO

Emanuele Brandi, Lead Product Manager, Global Disinformation Index


Elena Valentini, Associate Professor in Sociology of Communication and Cultural Processes, Sapienza Università di Roma, Rome, Italy 

Report co-authors: 

Marinella Petrocchi, Senior Researcher at the National Research Council (CNR), Institute of Informatics and Telematics (IIT), Pisa, Italy, under the Trust, Security and Privacy Research Unit

Angelo Spognardi, Associate Professor at the Computer Science Department, Sapienza Università di Roma, Rome, Italy

Please join the GDI and our partners for this special event. Registration information can be found here.