Midterms polarized results mirror a polarized debate between democrats and republicans, with rumours of fraud and voters suppression spread by both camps. But that was not the only disinformation, the New York Times called on its readers to share examples of election-related misinformation. In all, more than 4,000 examples of misinformation were submitted. Some were even spread by candidates themselves, as the “jobs not mobs” slogan, which started out as a meme, then turned into a political slogan.
Spain and Russia have agreed on a disinformation forum to tackle fake-news in Catalonia.
Web Summit: the internet father and the sons of anarchy
Last week, the tech community held its major world conference: The Web Summit. Father of the internet Tim Berners-Lee announced a “contract for the web”, setting ethical standards around privacy and open access to the internet. Speaking of ethics, European commissioner Vera Jourova suggested an
MIT technology review
|To read this week:|
Reporters without borders published its “International Declaration on Information and Democracy,
“Belief in Fake News is Associated with Delusionality, Dogmatism, Religious Fundamentalism, and Reduced Analytic Thinking” in the Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition.
UNDP published the first publicly available study that analyses how social media is used by al-Shabaab, Boko Haram and ISIL to contribute to
Mark your calendar
|– November 12 @ Paris — |
– November 29 @ Pullman Riga Oldtown — “Disinformation and Fake news challenge to democracy” event hosted by civil society
– December 3 @ Berlin — News Impact Summit with @GoogleNewsInit — December 6 @ Oxford — Book launch: Journalism, ‘Fake News’ & Disinformation