5 types of misinformation to watch out for while ballots are being counted – and after

Election misinformation typically involves false narratives of fraud that include out-of-context or otherwise misleading images and faulty statistics as purported evidence.

Renee DiResta, Research Manager of the Stanford Internet Observatory, Stanford University • conversation
Nov. 6, 2020 ~11 min

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Will voters believe the election results are legit?

Surveys of political science experts and Americans show that both groups are worried about whether or not 2020 election results will be seen as legitimate.

Sandra Knispel-U. Rochester • futurity
Nov. 2, 2020 ~8 min

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Elections are odd in 2020. Political scientists explain

Elections are strange in 2020. Political scientists offer guidance on conspiracy theories, democratic backsliding, and voting by mail.

Sandra Knispel-U. Rochester • futurity
Oct. 19, 2020 ~14 min

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Faked videos shore up false beliefs about Biden's mental health

It's easy to edit video of public figures to make them appear asleep, confused, drunk or cognitively impaired when they are not. The technique is being used to undermine Joe Biden's campaign.

Dustin Carnahan, Assistant Professor of Communication, Michigan State University • conversation
Sept. 16, 2020 ~8 min

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Gauge of US democracy hits its lowest score yet

The latest survey results from the political science research project Bright Line Watch are in: US democracy gets just 61 out of 100.

Sandra Knispel-U. Rochester • futurity
Sept. 14, 2020 ~9 min

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Book: Fear of cash in politics is overblown

"We are taking on the belief that money is to blame for all that ails American politics. The reality is very different. Money does not buy elections..."

Sandra Knispel-U. Rochester • futurity
July 14, 2020 ~14 min

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What did ‘all men are created equal’ mean in 1776?

We tend to interpret "all men are created equal" in the Declaration of Independence to mean individual equality. That's not right, says historian Jack Rakove.

Melissa De Witte-Stanford • futurity
July 2, 2020 ~11 min

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2016 election prompts big question about role of journalists

The 2016 election has forced an ethical examination of the role of journalists: Are they neutral disseminators of information, or impassioned advocates for truth?

Eric Stann-Missouri • futurity
June 23, 2020 ~5 min

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Uruguay quietly beats coronavirus, distinguishing itself from its South American neighbors – yet again

Pandemic devastation surrounds it on all sides, but tiny Uruguay has COVID-19 under control – just the latest win for a country that's always stood out.

Jennifer Pribble, Associate Professor of Political Science and Global Studies, University of Richmond • conversation
June 15, 2020 ~7 min

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US founders feared distrust would undo democracy

"The fate of democracy has always depended on the balance of power between those who rule and those who are ruled."

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
June 2, 2020 ~11 min

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