With the Center for an Informed Public at the University of Washington, facilitated by Iman Powe-Maynard
The COVID-19 pandemic and the fallout from the 2020 U.S. presidential election have highlighted the acute impact of misinformation on democracy and public health. In addition, current global political crises have illuminated a new era of information warfare, with political groups and governments weaponizing disinformation to undermine trust and democratic conversation globally. The spread of misleading information online has thus become a core societal concern.
This webinar will explore why misinformation and disinformation spread online. Drawing from academic research across a wide variety of disciplines—from social psychology to journalism to information science—we will explore what makes misinformation so compelling, how social media platforms undermine our ability to spot falsehoods, and why we are all vulnerable to believing and sharing misinformation. We will end with a discussion of what we can do to improve the quality of information sharing and help restore trust in authoritative information sources.
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