News on Mitigating Misinformation

Rising partisan animosity is associated with a reduction in support for democracy and an increase in support for political violence. Here we provide a multi-level review of interventions designed to reduce partisan animosity, which we define as negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours towards a political outgroup. We introduce the TRI framework to capture three levels […]

I am an assistant professor (Junior professor) of political science with a focus on political communication and the US media system, working at the Freie Universität Berlin. My main research focus lies on right-wing and digital media.

Connie is Researcher-at-Large for Hacks/Hackers and leads the _Analysis and Response Toolkit for Trust (ARTT)_ project (artt.cs.washington.edu) and _News Quality Initiative_ (newsq.net). She is currently focused upon news and information quality on the Internet, and instruments that support individual and collective decision making, including clarifying conflicts of interest. Connie has focused on the intersections of […]

This paper investigates the dissemination, situated fact-checking processes, and social effects of COVID-19 related online and offline misinformation in rural Bangladeshi life. A six-month-long ethnographic study in three villages found villagers perceived a lack of knowledge and experience among local medical professionals and often fell for flashy promotions of unreliable and unconfirmed cures. Villagers built […]

As the big social media platforms trot out familiar misinformation policies ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, Twitter is holding what could be a wild card. But it’s one the company is reluctant to play before it’s sure it has a winning hand. Twitter’s experimental, crowdsourced fact-checking project, called Birdwatch, is quietly gaining momentum behind […]

This special issue, “Healthier Information Ecosystems,” will focus on the interconnected nature of online pathologies, draw attention to the socio-technical aspects of information technology, and animate interdisciplinary approaches to addressing these problems. Similar to Buckminster Fuller’s mission of “World Game,” we want to aid in developing a wide variety of solutions (including but not limited […]

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In this paper, we present new empirical evidence to demonstrate the near impossibility for existing machine learning content moderation methods to keep pace with, let alone stay ahead of, hateful language online. We diagnose the technical shortcomings of the content moderation and natural language processing approach as emerging from a broader epistemological trapping wrapped in […]

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) seeks to hire a postdoctoral fellow to advance the aims of the Mellon-funded Data Fluencies Project. The position offers a rich experience in both non-profit administration and scholarly research. The successful candidate will work closely with a national network of preeminent and emergent scholars. In-depth experience with project and […]

Hacks/Hackers is looking for a Project Research Coordinator to help us wrangle research communications and resources for a software prototype aimed at helping users engage in conversations on complicated topics, such as around vaccine efficacy. More information about the project, called the Analysis and Response Toolkit for Trust (ARTT), can be found here. ARTT is a […]

Hacks/Hackers is looking for a Project Research Coordinator to help us wrangle research communications and resources for a software prototype aimed at helping users engage in conversations on complicated topics, such as around vaccine efficacy. More information about the project, called the Analysis and Response Toolkit for Trust (ARTT), can be found here. ARTT is a […]

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