Publications & Features


Wanless, Alicia. “Seeing the Disinformation Forest Through the Trees: How to Begin Cleaning Up the Polluted Information Environment” OECD, (November 13, 2023).

Adam, Iryna, Samantha Lai, Arthur Nelson, Alicia Wanless, and Kamya Yadav. “Emergency Management and Information Integrity: A Framework for Crisis Response.Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, (November 9, 2023).

Yadav, Kamya, Martin J. Riedl, Alicia Wanless, and Samuel Woolley. “What Makes an Influence Operation Malign?Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, (August 7, 2023)

Lai, Samantha, Naomi Shiffman, and Alicia Wanless. “Operational Reporting By Online Services: A Proposed Framework,” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, (May 18, 2023)

Wanless, Alicia. “There Is No Getting Ahead of Disinformation Without Moving Past It,” Lawfare, (May 8, 2023). 

Wanless, Alicia. “The More Things Change: Understanding Conflict in the Information Environment Through Information Ecology,” Doctoral Thesis, King’s College, London (April 1, 2023)

Green, Yasmin, Andrew Gully, Yoel Roth, Abhishek Roy, Joshua Tucker, and Alicia Wanless. “Evidence-Based Misinformation Interventions: Challenges and Opportunities for Measurement and Collaboration,” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, (January 9, 2023)

Wanless, Alicia. “Want to protect the information environment? Change how it’s studied,” OECD The Forum Network, (December 13, 2022).

Wanless, Alicia and Jacob N. Shapiro. “A CERN Model for Studying the Information Environment,” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, (November 17, 2022)

Wanless, Alicia. “One Strategy Democracies Should Use to Counter Disinformation,” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, (March 28, 2022)

Wanless, Alicia. “How Western Democracies Can Combat Russia’s Ukraine Disinformation,Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, (February 24, 2022)

Tworek, Heidi and Alicia Wanless. “Time for Transparency From Digital Platforms, But What Does That Really Mean?Lawfare (January 20, 2022)

Wanless, Alicia, and Michael Berk, “8 Participatory Propaganda: The Engagement of Audiences in the Spread of Persuasive Communications.” In Social Media and Social Order by (Eds) David Herbert and Stefan Fisher-Høyrem, Warsaw, (Poland: De Gruyter Open Poland, 2022), 111-137.

Shapiro, Jacob N., and Alicia Wanless. “Why Are Authoritarians Framing International Approaches to Disinformation?Lawfare (December 28, 2021)

Wanless, Alicia. “What’s Working and What Isn’t in Researching Influence Operations?” Lawfare, (September 22, 2021)

Yadav, Kamya, Ulaş Erdoğdu, Samikshya Siwakoti, Jacob N. Shapiro and Alicia Wanless. “Countries have more than 100 laws on the books to combat misinformation. How well do they work?,Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 77:3, 124-128, (May 11, 2021) DOI: 10.1080/00963402.2021.1912111

Fridman, Ofer and Alicia Wanless. “Worried About Disinformation? Let’s Get Strategic,” The National Interest, (April 12, 2021).

Wanless, Alicia and Michael Berk. “The Changing Nature of Propaganda: Coming to Terms with Influence in Conflict.” In The World Information War Western Resilience, Campaigning and Cognitive Effects by (Eds) Timothy Clack and Robert Johnson. (Oxford: Routledge, 2021). p. 63-80

Schneier, Bruce and Alicia Wanless. “The Peril of Persuasion in the Big Tech Age,Foreign Policy, (December 11, 2020)

Shapiro, Jacob N., Natalie Thompson, Alicia Wanless. “Research Collaboration on Influence Operations Between Industry and Academia: A Way Forward,” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, (July 16, 2020)

Smith, Victoria and Alicia Wanless. “Unmasking the Truth: Public Health Experts, the Coronavirus, and the Raucous Marketplace of Ideas,” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, (December 3, 2020)

Dobrowolski, Daniel, David V Gioe, and Alicia Wanless. “How Threat Actors are Manipulating the British Information Environment”, RUSI Journal, (June 17, 2020).

Thomas , Elise, Natalie Thompson, and Alicia Wanless. “The Challenges of Countering Influence Operations “, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, (June 10, 2020)

Wanless, Alicia, and Michael Berk “The Audience is the Amplifier: Participatory Propaganda”. In The SAGE Handbook of Propaganda by (Eds) Paul Baines, Nicholas O’Shaughnessy & Nancy Snow. London: Sage, (2019). p. 85-104

Wanless, Alicia. “Computational & Network Propaganda: A Practitioner’s Review of Two Books.” Journal of Communication (2019).

Wanless, Alicia and James Pamment. “How Do You Define a Problem Like Influence?” In Journal of Information Warfare, Special Edition, (Eds). James Pamment and Alicia Wanless, (2019).

Gioe, David V., Michael S. Goodman, and Alicia Wanless. “Rebalancing Cybersecurity Imperatives: Patching the Social Layer” Journal of Cyber Policy 4, no. 1 (2019): 117-137.

Berk Michael, and Alicia Wanless. Preparing for Strategic Communication Blowback: A Case Study of the White Helmets. Shrivenham; Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre, UK Ministry of Defence, 2018.

Wanless, Alicia. ‘Integrating Information Activities into Training’. In proceedings of the 40th Multi National Information Operations Experiment Workshop, Germany (April 7, 2018).

Esteve Del Valle, Marc, Alicia Wanless-Berk, Anatoliy Gruzd, and Philip Mai. “Unpredictably Trump?: Predicting Clicktivist-like Actions on Trump’s Facebook Posts During the 2016 US Primary Election.” In Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Social Media and Society, pp. 64-70. ACM, 2018.

Valle, Marc Esteve Del, Alicia Wanless-Berk, Anatoliy Gruzd, and Philip Mai. “I Click, Therefore I am: Predicting Clicktivist-like Actions on Candidates’ Facebook Posts During the 2016 U.S. Primary Election” Facebook Posts During the 2016 US Primary Election.” In Networks, Hacking, and Media–CITA MS@ 30: Now and Then and Tomorrow, by (Eds.) Barry Wellman, Laura Robinson, Casey Brienza, Wenhong Chen and Shelia Cotten, Bingley, UK:Emerald Publishing Limited, 2018 pp. 137-154.

Briant, Emma and Alicia Wanless, “A Digital Ménage à Trois: Strategic Leaks, Propaganda and Journalism” In Countering Online Propaganda and Extremism: The Dark Side of Digital Diplomacy, by (Eds.) Corneliu Bjola,  and James Pamment, Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 2018.

Wanless, Alicia. “Cambridge Analytica has blurred the line between persuasion and manipulation,” CBC ( March 23, 2018). 

Wanless, Alicia and Michael Berk. “For Every Action There is an Information Reaction: How Exercises Need to Adapt in a Digital Age,” The Strategy Bridge (March 27, 2018). 

Wanless, Alicia and Michael Berk.”The Strategic Communication Ricochet: Planning Ahead for Greater Resiliency,” The Strategy Bridge (March 7, 2018) 

Wanless, Alicia. “Yes, Canada is vulnerable to information cyber attacks“, CBC, (March 7, 2018)   

Wanless, Alicia and Michael Berk, “Participatory Propaganda: The Engagement of Audiences in the Spread of Persuasive Communications” . In Proceedings of Social Media & Social Order, Culture Conflict 2.0, 1 December 2017, Oslo.

Wanless, Alicia. “As Canadian troops arrive in Latvia, the battle for support lands at home.” CBC News, (July 14, 2017). 

Wanless, Alicia. “We keep looking to tech giants to solve our propaganda problems”. We’re looking in the wrong place”. CBC, (December 2, 2017). 

Interviews & Features

How to fix the broken disinformation research model. Deutsche Welle Akademie, (May 2024)

Wittes, Benjamin. Information Ecology and 19th-Century Naturalism at Verify 2024. Lawfare, (April 4, 2024)

Barthold, Corbin. “Information Animals Fighting Information Wars,” Tech Policy Podcast, (November 1, 2023).

Banias, MJ. “Moving Beyond Disinformation with Dr. Alicia Wanless,” Cloak and Dagger, (September 12, 2023).

Wittes, Benjamin. “Chatter: Information Ecology with Alicia Wanless,” Chatter, (June 1, 2023).

Farrar, Douglas. “On the Frontlines Fighting Disinformation,” The World Unpacked (August 25, 2022.)

Rogers, Zac, Emily Bienvenue and Maryanne Kelton. “The new Age of Propaganda: Understanding Influence Operations in the Digital Age.” War on the Rocks (May 1, 2019) 

Betoret Garcia, Isabela. “PS21 Event Writeup: ‘Changing Face of Conflict’ (January 28)” PS21 (March 25, 2019). 

Brewster, Murray, “Canadian agency astonished to be targeted by alleged Russian cyberattack“, CBC, ( October 5, 2018). 

Brewster, Murray, “As Britain reveals its first-ever cyberattack against ISIS, experts ask if Canada will be as open,” CBC, (May 19, 2018). 

Scotti, Monique, “Canadian pollsters build fortresses around their data to protect from hacks,” Global News (April 8, 2018). 

Harris, Kathleen, “Elections Canada prepares to fight fake news, foreign influence in 2019 vote,CBC, (March 20, 2018). 

Sweezey, Mathew, “President Trump And The Rise Of A New Public Relations Model,Forbes, (November 30, 2017).