Contexts of Misinformation

Dis- and misinformation are not created and spread in a vacuum. While concerns over information quality have rocketed to prominence in recent years, those concerns have been fueled by political, social, and technological changes decades in the making. We address some of the contexts of misinformation, beginning with political polarization, and the twin concepts of echo chambers and filter bubbles. 

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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 […]

In particular candidates whose scholarship speaks to the following broad substantive topics are encouraged to apply: Social media politics Information disorder (misinformation, disinformation, etc.) Online political and civic participation Political power in information systems While these areas of expertise are of particular interest, candidates with expertise and interest in other relevant topics that apply data […]

We are seeking a Researcher – Data Scientist to join our growing team. You will leverage our large scale data collections — ranging from major platforms to fringe sites to individual browser data — to produce rigorous analyses on the relationship between politics and the online media environment. In general, CSMaP’s primary focus is peer-reviewed […]

The Director of Research at Data & Society is an exciting leadership role in a leading public-interest research institute working at the cusp of new scholarship on urgent societal issues. The Director of Research (DoR) is a senior scholar with a commitment to empirical, multidisciplinary, and intersectional research. Source: Job Application for Director of Research […]

The decline of local newspapers isn’t just a problem in the U.S.: A new report looks at how residents of communities in the U.K. get their local news and finds that social media — mainly Facebook groups and pages — is now the primary way they get information about the areas where they live. The research was […]

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