Portrait of Voltaire by Nicolas de Largillière, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.



Certainement qui est en droit de vous rendre absurde est en droit de vous rendre injuste.

Truly, whoever can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.

--Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet), 1765.  


The Center for Information Integrity at the University at Buffalo is rooted in the shared conviction that accurate information is required for vigorous public debate within a democracy.

Hence the CII is devoted to the identification, amelioration, and combatting of dis and mis information that pollutes the public sphere.  Our members take on this existential threat from multidisciplinary approaches derived from fields as varied as history, literature, art, media study, information science, psychology, computer engineering, political science, geography, communication, law, and biomedical sciences.

The CII fosters cross-disciplinary collaborations in the form of research workshops, grant proposals, public discussion panels, pedagogical initiatives, and community engagement campaigns.

Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.  —FDR


CII members Siwei Lyu, David Castillo, Rohini Srihari, Cynthia Stewart and colleagues from Clemson, Cornell, and the University of Illinois will Showcase DART, their NSF-Funded Societally Focused Solution at NSF Convergence Accelerator Expo 2022, scheduled virtually for July 27–28, 2022.

DART: Deception Awareness and Resiliance Training, is designed to improve the awareness and resilience of older adult users to online deception, such as spear-phishing and catfishing scams, personal information hunting schemes, fake content, impersonation, and mis/disinformation.


CII brings together scholars from all across the University at Buffalo. Faculty from multiple departments from the College of Arts and Sciences are involved as well as from the Schools of Law, Medicine, Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Graduate School of Education.


Funded through the NSF Convergence Accelerator program, DART is a cross-disciplinary, multi-institutional, user-centered effort to develop engaging, effective, gamified tools to build resilience to disinformation in older adults.