2019 Speaker Ruurd Oosterwoud

Ruurd Oosterwoud is the founder of DROG, an organization that creates proactive and applied solutions to reduce the impact of disinformation on society, governments and businesses. DROG has specialized in pre-emptive debunking, or ‘pre-bunking’, developing antidotes to disinformation. In partnership with researchers at Cambridge University they are providing evidence that their innovative and unconventional approach is seriously effective. 

Last year, DROG organized a preliminary disinformation attack on the European Parliamentary elections of 2019, launched a very successful serious game where you have to become a fake news monger and has advised the European Commission and the British House of Commons.

Ruurd has an MA in Russian and Eurasian Studies at the University of Leiden. He was the first to specialize in Russian disinformation.

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