In this age of information, the lines between facts, truth, opinion, and conspiracy theory are often blurred. More and more, people’s opinions on issues are often shaped less on factual research and more on hearsay. RAND Corporation has released, Truth Decay and National Security: Intersections, Insights, and Questions for Future Research, with the following focus areas:
This Perspective gives current examples of where Truth Decay and National Security intersect, such as the Iranian Nuclear Deal, disinformation about immigrants in the European Union, U.S. financial support of NATO, and Russian disinformation about Ukraine. It also aims to provide an organizational framework for future research.