Claire Wardle: "Hoaxes, memes and bots: Learning how to navigate our polluted information streams"

Tue, Dec 5 2017 - 4:15pm to 5:30pm
Williston & MilesSmith Library

2016 was the year we woke up to the severity of the polluted information environment. This lecture will explain why we have to stop using the term 'fake news', why we need to consider the whole spectrum of the misinformation ecosystem, what we've learned from monitoring disinformation in the French, UK and German elections. Most importantly, this lecture will include some practical tips so you can make sure you don't get fooled by the hoaxes, misattributed and manipulated content that surfaces online.

As part of a speaker series on current information and technology issues which affect society at large, LITS is hosting Claire Wardle, Director of First Draft, a non-profit dedicated to finding solutions to the challenges associated with trust and truth in the digital age. Wardle was previously the Research Director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School, head of social media for the UN Refugee Agency and Director of News Services for Storyful. She is one of the world’s experts on user-generated content, and has led two substantial research projects investigating how it is handled by news organizations.  She designed and led the social media training for BBC News and has trained over 4,000 journalists around the world. She also sits on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Information and Entertainment.

(Rescheduled from October 19.)

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