‘Post-truth’ media really is shifting the news agenda: and more subtly than it seems – Precious N Chatterje-Doody

6 09 2017
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As stories of Russian “information warfare” in various Western countries continue to mount, governments, intelligence agencies and journalists are fretting over the influence of global media outlets funded by autocratic governments. But while these organisations are clearly meant to serve their sponsor governments’ agendas in various ways, is the West right to be so worried about them? Read the rest of this entry »





The evolving conversation around fake news and potential solutions – Emma Goodman

17 08 2017

Fake news, its causes and what to do about are some of the key issues that we plan to address as part of the LSE Commission on Truth, Trust and Technology that will be launched later this year. The Commission will examine the wider crisis in the quality and credibility of information in the digital age.  Read the rest of this entry »





Why licensing journalists won’t end the scourge of ‘fake news’ – Christopher Waddell

19 07 2017

File 20170712 19642 u1ay9iShould journalists be licensed? The Conversation Canada commissioned two articles to argue for and against the idea. The counterpoint of this argument – putting the arguments on the other side – was published yesterday. Read the rest of this entry »





We regulate doctors to protect the public from harm: why not journalists? – David Maslove,

18 07 2017

File 20170630 18613 67f68cShould journalists be licensed? The Conversation Canada commissioned two articles to argue for and against the idea. The counterpoint of this argument – putting the arguments on the other side – will be published tomorrow. Read the rest of this entry »





Being more media savvy won’t stop the spread of ‘fake news’: here’s why – Craig Harper

4 06 2017

Fake news” is the buzzword of 2017. Barely a day goes by without a headline about president Donald Trump lambasting media “bias”, or the spread of “alternative facts”. Read the rest of this entry »





Tackling fake news: towards a new approach to digital literacy – Gianfranco Polizzi

25 05 2017

The recent proliferation of fake news is undoubtedly a matter of concern. Not that it never existed before – think of the United States’ decision to invade Iraq in 2003, justified by misinformation around the latter’s possession of weapons of mass destruction. Read the rest of this entry »





Fake news, echo chambers and filter bubbles: under researched and over hyped – William H Dutton

11 05 2017

In the early years of the internet, it was revolutionary to have a world of information just a click away from anyone, anywhere, anytime. Many hoped this inherently democratic technology could lead to better-informed citizens more easily participating in debate, elections and public discourse. Read the rest of this entry »