Deepfakes: How to empower youth to fight the threat of misinformation and disinformation

Nadia Naffi, Université Laval The World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2024 has issued a stark warning: misinformation and disinformation, primarily driven by deepfakes, are ranked as the most severe global short-term risks the world faces in the next two years. In October 2023, the Innovation council of Québec shared the same realization after months… Continue reading Deepfakes: How to empower youth to fight the threat of misinformation and disinformation

I went down the ‘rabbit hole’ to debunk misinformation – here’s what I learned about Big Ben and online information overload

Eli Gottlieb, George Washington University Big Ben was stolen from Palestine. So claimed an elderly woman, in Arabic, in a retweeted clip I received recently. Yes, that Big Ben: the great bell in the iconic clock tower of London’s Palace of Westminster. The British took it, she said, from a tower they demolished at Hebron… Continue reading I went down the ‘rabbit hole’ to debunk misinformation – here’s what I learned about Big Ben and online information overload

Even experts struggle to tell which social media posts are evidence-based. So, what do we do?

Erin Madden, University of Sydney; Katrina Prior, University of Sydney, and Louise Thornton, University of Sydney The debate on how to combat social media misinformation is as relevant as ever. In recent years, we’ve seen medical misinformation spreading alongside COVID, and political misinformation impacting the outcome of elections and national referendums. Experts have largely placed… Continue reading Even experts struggle to tell which social media posts are evidence-based. So, what do we do?

No, you’re not that good at detecting fake videos − 2 misinformation experts explain why and how you can develop the power to resist these deceptions

Sam Wineburg, Stanford University and Michael Caulfield, University of Washington Someone tracking the conflict raging in the Middle East could have seen the following two videos on social media. The first shows a little boy hovering over his father’s dead body, whimpering in Arabic, “Don’t leave me.” The second purports to show a pregnant woman… Continue reading No, you’re not that good at detecting fake videos − 2 misinformation experts explain why and how you can develop the power to resist these deceptions

AI disinformation is a threat to elections − learning to spot Russian, Chinese and Iranian meddling in other countries can help the US prepare for 2024

Bruce Schneier, Harvard Kennedy School Elections around the world are facing an evolving threat from foreign actors, one that involves artificial intelligence. Countries trying to influence each other’s elections entered a new era in 2016, when the Russians launched a series of social media disinformation campaigns targeting the U.S. presidential election. Over the next seven… Continue reading AI disinformation is a threat to elections − learning to spot Russian, Chinese and Iranian meddling in other countries can help the US prepare for 2024

The power of pink: how Barbie’s popularity is pushing back against Kremlin control of information

Marina Miron, King’s College London Underground screenings of the summer’s Hollywood blockbuster Barbie are now being shown around Russia, despite the film being frowned on by government officials. The fantasy comedy film, starring Ryan Gosling and Margot Robbie, is being shown at some Russian cinemas as well as other venues. Some places are using pirated… Continue reading The power of pink: how Barbie’s popularity is pushing back against Kremlin control of information

AI-generated misinformation: 3 teachable skills to help address it

Jaigris Hodson, Royal Roads University In my digital studies class, I asked students to pose a query to ChatGPT and discuss the results. To my surprise, some asked ChatGPT about my biography. ChatGPT said I received my PhD from two different universities, and in two different subject areas, only one of which represented the focus… Continue reading AI-generated misinformation: 3 teachable skills to help address it

Social media can in fact be made better: Research shows it is possible to reward users for sharing accurate information instead of misinformation

Ian Anderson, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences; Gizem Ceylan, Yale University, and Wendy Wood, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Is social media designed to reward people for acting badly? The answer is clearly yes, given that the reward structure on social media platforms relies on popularity, as indicated by… Continue reading Social media can in fact be made better: Research shows it is possible to reward users for sharing accurate information instead of misinformation

US and Russia engage in a digital battle for hearts and minds

Jennifer Grygiel, Syracuse University The battle over Ukraine extends across the world: Information warfare is quickly evolving as key nations seek to influence public opinion and gain political support. As during the Cold War, Russia and the United States are the two main combatants. Some efforts are clandestine, but plenty of material is broadcast to… Continue reading US and Russia engage in a digital battle for hearts and minds

Inoculate yourself against election misinformation campaigns – 3 essential reads

Jeff Inglis, The Conversation As the midterm elections approach, Americans are already being subjected to misinformation campaigns, often online, that are intended to provoke confusion, anger or even action. When the election is over, it’s almost certain there will be even more misleading material competing for people’s attention. You can defend yourself against this onslaught… Continue reading Inoculate yourself against election misinformation campaigns – 3 essential reads