How Misinformation Spreads

Among the more worrisome aspects of dis- and misinformation in the digital age are the number of people it can reach in a short time, and the persistent recurrence of its narratives in online spaces. What facilitates its spread on social media? How do traditional media amplify disinformation? This collection addresses scholarship on network effects and individual behaviors in spreading misinformation. 

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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 […]

Political parties are trying to find ways to use WhatsApp as a campaign tool in the general election, but Britons’ reluctance to join group chats involving strangers is hindering the effort. The pro-Labour campaign group Momentum is urging supporters to sign up to its WhatsApp broadcast service to receive messages to forward to their friends, […]

Check out Mediawell’s weekly roundup of content relating to the SSRC’s newly released report, “#Islamophobia: Stoking Fear and Prejudice in the 2018 Midterms”, which details online harassment campaigns targeting Muslim candidates in the 2018 midterm elections. View excerpts and links to our selected articles here.

Featured Scholars

Assistant Professor of Politics and Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs at Princeton University
Research Fellow at TED, Executive Director of First Draft News
Harvard Law School, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society
Robertson Professor of Media Studies and Director of the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia