News on Wedge Issues

This commentary tackles the complex struggles faced by Arab women, including multiple layers of invisibility, marginalization and inequality,[1] all of which have significantly worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. This examination includes a special focus on how and why the “digital divide,” defined as the gap between the technological haves and have-nots, has been a major […]

Disinformation successfully obscured the real causes of Australia’s catastrophic bushfire season. Now the same thing is happening around me, as I report on a disastrous wildfire season in the American west. In both countries, the response to a pandemic is also being complicated by disinformation, as conspiracy theorists refuse isolation, refuse masks, and ready themselves […]

As we look at the events of 2020, we cannot ignore how issues of race, representation, and justice intersect with the growing reliance on data, algorithims, and computational approaches in nearly all aspects of our lives. Big data increasingly impacts how information flows across networks, how law enforcement and the criminal justice system operate in our […]

Photojournalist Nathan Howard was on assignment for a picture agency south-east of the fire-menaced foothill town of Estacada, Oregon, on Thursday afternoon when a man angrily approached him on a rural roadside. The man insisted the photographer was a looter, Howard said, and despite his repeated attempts to identify himself as a journalist, the man […]

Climate-intensified wildfires that changed the lived reality of a large majority of Australians in horrific and unforgettable ways triggered an unprecedented immune response to deny reality and a chance at serious climate change. American conservatives have been mostly silent on the wildfires so far, but the Australian experience suggests there’s a risk of misinformation flaring […]

Misinformation around COVID-19 is driving human behavior across the world. Here in the information age, sensationalized clickbait headlines are crowding out actual fact-based content, and, as a result misinformation spreads virally. Conversations within small communities become the epicenter of false information, and that misinformation spreads as people talk, both online and off. As the number of […]

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The United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR), expressed concerns over the prevailing situation of violence against women journalists and human rights defenders in the country. The comment acknowledges the initial statement by the women journalists that alarmed the situation, and said, “Pakistani women journalists last month publicly warned of what they […]

Harmful misinformation about the coronavirus abounds in Latin American Christian communities, with figures such as Gutierrez pushing unproven and potentially dangerous treatments and capitalizing on fear to promote anti-vaccine sentiment. The trusted position of these religious leaders can legitimize potentially dangerous ideas for a large audience via independent Christian news networks and social media. […] […]

The tech dystopia we live in just keeps getting weirder. An anti-vaccine group led by none other than Robert F. Kennedy Jr has filed a lawsuit against Facebook in the US because it’s not happy about the company fact-checking its posts. The notorious Children’s Health Defense (CHD) group is taking up arms against Facebook, CEO […]

Join us this Wednesday, August 19th, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., for a special live edition of “Healthy You: Surviving a Pandemic” with Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Hosted by Frank Sesno, and brought to you in partnership by the School of Media and Public Affairs and the Milken Institute School […]

Millions of Americans have voted by mail securely for more than 150 years, with fraud historically being so rare that election officials wouldn’t even consider it significant enough to be a rounding error. But with the coronavirus pandemic pushing a record number of absentee ballot requests, President Donald Trump and his administration has attacked the […]

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