News on Defining "Disinformation"

Fake news poses a serious threat to knowledge and democracy. In order to address this threat, it is important to understand exactly what fake news is. After surveying the various definitions that have been proposed in the philosophical literature, we argue that fake news is best understood as counterfeit news. A story is genuine news […]

When you think of visual misinformation, maybe you think of deepfakes — videos that appear real but have actually been created using powerful video editing algorithms. The creators edit celebrities into pornographic movies, and they can put words into the mouths of people who never said them. But the majority of visual misinformation that people […]

The widespread adoption of digital media and information technologies made it exponentially easier and faster to produce, disseminate, and be exposed to false, manipulated, and sometimes hateful content. Still, misinformation is a complex, largely misunderstood phenomenon. The public, the media, and policy makers are in need of reliable, unbiased research on the prevalence, diffusion, and […]

Global Corruption and Ethics Management: Transforming Theory into Action is focused on integrating research from a diverse array of scholars and translating it into proactive skills; the empirical content is presented clusters of short chapters, each cluster or section is followed by a synopsis of skills for implementation based upon this new knowledge. The scope […]

As always, this year’s word of the year candidates came from all over. There were the viral memes like “OK, boomer” and “weird flex, but OK,” but they won’t endure any longer than earlier years’ candidates like FOMO and “manbun.” “Quid pro quo” had a moment, but the jury’s still out on that one. And […]

The American news landscape has been infiltrated by disinformation, according to a new poll for CJR by Reuters/Ipsos, and a clear majority of Americans think it will only get worse in 2020. This public opinion poll was conducted online by Reuters/Ipsos between September 20 and 23, in English, throughout the United States. It gathered responses […]

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Western societies are under siege, as fake news, post-truth and alternative facts are undermining the very core of democracy. This dystopian narrative is currently circulated by intellectuals, journalists and policy makers worldwide. In this book, Johan Farkas and Jannick Schou deliver a comprehensive study of post-truth discourses. They critically map the normative ideas contained in […]

This article offers a review of scholarly research on the phenomenon of fake news. Most studies have so far focused on three main themes: the definition and the scope of the problem; the potential causes; and the impact of proposed solutions. First, scholarly research has defined fake news as a form of falsehood intended to […]

The University of Washington Information School seeks a truly outstanding scholar to broaden and deepen our research and scholarship in areas including, but not limited to: studies of misinformation and disinformation, including computational, mixed-methods approaches, etc.; information access and data literacy; information flow in sociotechnical systems; the role of information in the formation and dynamics […]

Given trends towards misinformation, weaponized communications, information overload, and polarization in our online information ecosystem, what are potential solutions for promoting truth and trust online? Over the course of two days in October, groups actively working in this space convened to present their findings and trade tips. Organized by a diversity of researchers and practitioners […]

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