News on Defining "Disinformation"

Join PEN America on Wednesday, September 30 at 6:30pm ET for a live and interactive media literacy workshop that will focus on examples of mis/disinformation targeting first-time voters and helpful strategies that new voters can employ to guard against misleading election information and cast their ballots safely and confidently. Voting for the first time can […]

In 2020, the world found itself in a precarious position unlike any other in the modern era. The novel coronavirus spread like wildfire across the globe, causing social isolation, economic shutdowns, prolonged illness, and, in many cases, death. No one anticipated struggling through a mammoth global health emergency. It was shocking and horrifying, and there’s […]

.entry-header I am delighted to share the program of the 2020 conference of The International Journal of Press/Politics. For the first time, the conference will be held virtually. The online videoconferencing system will be able to host up to 500 attendees at any time. The video feed of the proceedings will be recorded and made […]

Data & Society presents its first-ever collaboration with Brooklyn Public Library in this online talk with historian Jill Lepore, who will discuss her new book If Then, a story of “trying to understand human behavior via algorithm, and the corrosive consequences of trying to hack democracy.” (Booklist). This talk is hosted by Data & Society Founder […]

Online Social Networks and Media have revolutionized society, and are now a key part of how most people work, live, socialize, find information and entertain themselves. But whilst they have generated huge benefits, leading to unprecedented connectivity across the globe, online social networks have also enabled the spread of hazardous and dangerous behaviours. Such ‘online […]

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Highly realistic manipulated videos generated by artificial intelligence (AI), so-called deepfakes, are just around the corner. Concerns are rising that this technology will be used for disinformation purposes. When seeing is no longer believing, what does this mean for truth in democratic discourse and holding governments accountable? In this paper, DRI’s Madeline Brady breaks down […]

Please join Stanford’s Cyber Policy Center and New York University’s Center for Social Media and Politics to discuss our recently released book on Social Media and Democracy: The State of the Field and Prospects for Reform, during a half-day symposium on September 8th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. pacific time. […]

The “infodemic” of misinformation about coronavirus has made it difficult to distinguish accurate information from false and misleading advice. The major technology companies have responded to this challenge by taking the unprecedented move of working together to combat misinformation about COVID-19. Part of this initiative involves promoting content from government healthcare agencies and other authoritative […]

As the harmful effects of disinformation and other online problems on individuals and societies become increasingly apparent, governments are under pressure to act. Initial attempts at self-regulation via mechanisms such as voluntary codes of conduct have not yielded the desired results, leading policymakers to turn increasingly to top-down regulation. This approach is destined to fail. […]

A notorious anti-vaccine group spearheaded by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. filed suit today in federal court in California alleging that Facebook’s fact-checking program for false scientific or medical misinformation violates its constitutional rights. Children’s Health Defense claims in its suit (PDF) that Facebook, its CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and the organizations Science Feedback, Poynter, and PolitiFact […]

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