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

Tags: artificial-intelligence deep-learning fake-news donald-trump video disinformation joe-biden democracy elections trump-2020

How to talk to vaccine skeptics so they might actually hear you

Those opposing vaccinations often mistrust government, science and the news media. There may be better ways to persuade them than by offering facts only.

Porismita Borah, Associate Professor, Washington State University • conversation
Aug. 20, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  fake-news  pandemic  vaccines  flu  vaccination  anti-vaxxers  news-media  covid-19-vaccine  flu-vaccine

Here's how to talk to vaccine skeptics so they might actually hear you

Those opposing vaccinations often mistrust government, science and the news media. There may be better ways to persuade them than by offering facts only.

Porismita Borah, Associate Professor, Washington State University • conversation
Aug. 20, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  fake-news  pandemic  vaccines  flu  vaccination  anti-vaxxers  news-media  covid-19-vaccine  flu-vaccine

Social media companies are taking steps to tamp down coronavirus misinformation – but they can do more

Facebook, Google and Twitter are stepping up to block misinformation and promote accurate information about the coronavirus. Their track records on self-policing are poor. The results so far are mixed.

Bhaskar Chakravorti, Dean of Global Business, The Fletcher School, Tufts University • conversation
March 30, 2020 ~11 min

Tags:  public-health  social-media  covid-19  coronavirus  fake-news  pandemic  twitter  google  bots  facebook  disinformation  misinformation  new-coronavirus  world-health-organization-who  cdc  youtube  instagram  whatsapp

How to spot coronavirus fake news – an expert guide

Help stop the infodemic.

Samantha Vanderslott, Postdoctoral Researcher in Social Sciences, University of Oxford • conversation
March 20, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  social-media  covid-19  coronavirus  fake-news  misinformation

How to spot bogus science stories and read the news like a scientist

From coronavirus to climate change, it's easy to be misled by some reporting.

Julio Gimenez, Principal Lecturer, University of Westminster • conversation
March 18, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  climate-change  coronavirus  fake-news  journalism  science-communication

How technology can combat the rising tide of fake science

The internet has allowed pseudoscience to flourish. Artificial intelligence could help steer people away from the bad information.

Chris Impey, University Distinguished Professor of Astronomy, University of Arizona • conversation
March 9, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  education  climate-change  artificial-intelligence  covid-19  natural-language-processing  fake-news  bigfoot  climate-change-denial  superstition  pseudoscience  aliens  evidence  ghosts  magical-thinking  neural-networks  flat-earth  scientific-literacy  haunted-house  paranormal-beliefs  evidence-based

Coronavirus and the Black Death: spread of misinformation and xenophobia shows we haven't learned from our past

Misinformation and "fake news" was also widespread during the Black Death.

Rachel Clamp, PhD Candidate in History, Durham University • conversation
March 5, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  fake-news  bubonic-plague  misinformation  black-death  coronavirus-fear

4 science-based strategies to tame angry political debate and encourage tolerance

A psychologist explains how to reestablish civil political conversation in your own life.

Beverly B. Palmer, Professor Emerita of Psychology, California State University, Dominguez Hills • conversation
Feb. 27, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  social-media  fake-news  twitter  volunteering  anger  political-debate  culture-wars  hate-speech  hate  political-polarization

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