Article Out Loud - A Foreign Government, Oprah, and Fires in Maui: The Impact of Misinformation on Community Resiliency

Full article by Marek N. Posard and Jessica Jensen, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, February 21, 2024.

In this featured article, a military sociologist and policy researcher at RAND Corporation explore how foreign governments can undermine domestic disaster response efforts. In August 2023, rumors on social media spread as fast as the wildfires the island of Maui was battling. That misinformation campaign claimed that Oprah Winfrey was the cause of the fires. Listen to expert insights on why foreign actors are drawn to spreading such rumors and what local professionals can do to combat these falsehoods.

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Marek N. Posard

Marek N. Posard is a military sociologist at the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation and an affiliate faculty member at the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

Jessica Jensen

Jessica Jensen is a policy researcher at the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation and an affiliate faculty member at the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

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