This is a place to post thoughts about the readings, questions about disinformation, or to share your own links or resources related to disinformation.
- Will Oremus, The Simplest Way to Spot Coronavirus Misinformation on Social Media: Profile of Mike Caulfield’s work. Caulfield is a is a digital information literacy expert working at Washington State University Vancouver. If you are interested, check out the twitter account @infodemic for shareable threads about how to to tell fact from fiction on the web regarding COVID-19
- Guillaume Chaslot, How Algorithms Can Learn to Discredit the Media: Chaslot was a former Google/YouTube engineer and is founder of the non-profit watch group AlgoTransparency. He has probably done more to bring attention to the role of recommendation systems in radicalization than anyone else. For a counter-view on radicalization, see Rebecca Lewis’s work below.
- Renee DiResta, Mediating Consent: DiResta is a top expert on computational propaganda, who led one of the two teams that analyzed the dataset about Russian interference in the 2016 election for the Senate Intelligence Committee, and now works at the Stanford Internet Observatory
- Stanford Internet Observatory Evidence of Russia-Linked Influence Operations in Africa
- Renee DiResta, The Digital Maginot Line
- Rebecca Lewis, “This Is What the News Won’t Show You”: YouTube Creators and the Reactionary Politics of Micro-celebrity
- Gordon Pennycook et al, Understanding and reducing the spread of misinformation online
- Rachelle Hampton, The Black Feminists Who Saw the Alt-Right Threat Coming: This provides some helpful history on a 2014 case of fraudulent accounts and coordinated manipulation, with techniques that would go on to be widely used in future disinformation campaigns.
- Manuel Velasquez et al, “What is ethics?”: We will talk more foundations of ethics in week 3, after we’ve seen some case studies, but wanted to share this now.
Optional Lab for Coders:
Video (from previous iteration of course): Lesson 1, Disinformation