Research Topics

Contexts of Misinformation

Dis- and misinformation are not created and spread in a vacuum. While concerns over information quality have rocketed to prominence in recent years, those concerns have been fueled by political, social, and technological changes decades in the making. We address some of the contexts of misinformation, beginning with political polarization, and the twin concepts of echo chambers and filter bubbles. 

Credibility and Trust

How do populist politics and other anti-elite, anti-institutional movements intersect with new technologies and declining public trust in science and media?

Producers of Disinformation

The boundaries between politically and commercially motivated disinformation campaigns are blurring. This summary includes studies from Myanmar and India.

Pre-pandemic, Canadians’ love affair with social media shows no signs of slowing. But after living through two years of COVID-19 restrictions, more Canadians are reevaluating the role of social media in their lives. According to a new report, ‘The State of Social Media in Canada 2022’, released today by the Social Media Lab at Toronto […]

Jessica Burgess sent her teenage daughter Celeste a message on Facebook in April 2022: “Hey we can get the show on the road the stuff came in… The 1 pill stops the hormones and then you gotta wait 24 hour 2 take the other.” Her daughter, around 23 weeks pregnant, took the pills and aborted […]

The School of Information and Library Science (SILS) seeks to advance the profession and practice of librarianship and information science, to prepare students for careers in the field of information and library science, and to make significant contributions to the study of information. We educate innovative and responsible thinkers who will lead the information professions. […]

A Primer on AI in/from the Majority World is a curated collection of over 160 thematic works that serve as pathways to explore the presence of artificial intelligence and technology in the geographic regions that are home to the majority of the human population. Instead of assuming that knowledge and innovations move out of the […]

Executives from four of the biggest social media companies testified before the Senate Homeland Security Committee Wednesday, defending their platforms and their respective safety, privacy and moderation failures in recent years. Congress managed to drag in a relatively fresh set of product-focused executives this time around, including TikTok COO Vanessa Pappas, who testified for the […]

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