Program Director, Disinformation Action Lab

Charley Johnson

Charley Johnson examines how vulnerabilities in sociotechnical systems are exploited to capture public discourse, fracture democratic institutions, and what a resilient societal response might look like.

Charley leads the Disinformation Action Lab at Data & Society, which supports civil society, news media, and policymakers in understanding and countering the problem of disinformation. He also lectures on topics at the intersection of technology and society at George Washington University. Previously, Charley co-founded USAID’s Center for Digital Development. He oversaw the Center’s strategy, led its research on the social and ethical implications of emerging technologies, and ultimately served as its director. He is a graduate of the University of Washington and the Harvard Kennedy School, a Presidential Management Fellow, and an obnoxiously proud uncle.