Renée DiResta

Renée DiResta

Formal First Name

Renée DiResta is a Technical Research Manager at the Stanford Internet Observatory, where she investigates the spread of misinformation and harmful narratives across social networks, and assists policymakers in understanding and responding to the problem. At Stanford, Renée studies abuse in information technologies, and examines how the information ecosystem is leveraged to exert influence on policy, education, and design responses. Renée has a decade of experience in technological, marketing, and business capacities in a variety of industries including supply chain logistics, venture capital, and derivatives trading. She has served as an advisor to the State Department, Congress, and other State and federal government institutions concerned with the spread of disinformation and propaganda. Renée is the Head of Policy for Data for Democracy, and Ideas Contributor for Wired magazine, and a Mozilla Fellow in Media, Misinformation and Trust. She is also a founding advisor to the Center for Humane Technology, an Emerson Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations term member, and a Truman national security Fellow.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • Renée studies disinformation and propaganda in the context of pseudoscience conspiracies, terrorism, and state-sponsored information warfare.

  • She regularly writes and speaks about the role that tech platforms and curatorial algorithms play in the proliferation of disinformation and conspiracy theories.

  • Renée is the author of The Hardware Startup: Building your Product, Business, and Br, and Br, and Br, and Brand, published by O’Reilly Media.