News on Contexts of Misinformation

NPR’s Sarah McCammon talks with Dr. Hyung Chun, professor of cardiology at Yale and senior author of a study in COVID breakthrough cases, on vaccine misinformation following the death of Colin Powell. […] Source: Expert helps untangle vaccine misinformation that has followed Colin Powell’s death | NPR

Governments and civil society have tried a number of different approaches to fight misinformation. But the barriers are formidable. Latin America has among the world’s highest rates of social media use, making countries fertile territory for fake news. But several of the proposed solutions infringe on free speech or can be easily abused by authoritarian […]

Photographer Jonas Bendiksen’s newest book, ”The Book of Veles” (Gost, 2021), raises some really tough questions. At its most basic level, it asks us to contemplate how we know when something is real or fake. But its most important question may be, do we even care? “The Book of Veles” is fascinating, beautiful, heartbreaking and, […]

The University of Washington Center for an Informed Public (CIP) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar to work on a recent National Science Foundation funded project titled “Building Rapid-Response Frameworks to Support Multi-Stakeholder Collaborations for Mitigating Online Disinformation.” The postdoctoral scholar will be appointed in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering, College of […]

Washington State University researcher Porismita Borah is part of a project to study the most effective methods of combating misinformation online that recently received a $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Convergence Accelerator. Borah, an associate professor in WSU’s Murrow College of Communication, joins a cross-disciplinary team undertaking the effort which includes researchers in […]

Over 75 per cent of US adults have received at least one Covid-19 vaccination. Yet vaccination rates vary widely across regions and demographics. Among those who have received at least one vaccine (percentages are relative to their total population), 68 per cent are Asian, 52 per cent are white, 48 per cent are Hispanic and […]

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John Oliver devoted this week’s episode of Last Week Tonight to the issue of digital misinformation and the havoc it can wreak. The HBO host started by informing his viewers that despite the fact that 90% of monthly Facebook users are based outside the US and Canada, only 13% of the platform’s monitoring is spent […]

We review 100 articles published from 2000 to early 2020 that research aspects of vaccine hesitancy in online communication spaces and identify several gaps in the literature prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. These gaps relate to five areas: disciplinary focus; specific vaccine, condition, or disease focus; stakeholders and implications; research methodology; and geographical coverage. Our […]

Description We are seeking a Researcher – Research Scientist to provide leadership and project management on our new, multilingual research infrastructure to monitor how the spread of disinformation across social media platforms will impact the upcoming U.S. elections. Through innovative data collection techniques that pair comprehensive, multi-platform digital trace data with national surveys in both English and […]

Applicants should have a PhD in Communication or a related field, a record of scholarly publications commensurate with experience, an ongoing research agenda, a record of teaching excellence, a commitment to department and university service, and a commitment to teaching a diverse student population. We invite applications from candidates across all subfields of strategic communication, […]

From an app that allows users to swap images of women and men into pornographic videos to the use of computer-generated faces in online fraud, deepfake videos are an increasingly visible manifestation of the dark side of artificial intelligence. As their use grows, legislators and policymakers are struggling to come up with appropriate solutions and […]

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