This post is a “data memo” examining how social media and hyper-partisan online news media play complementary roles in the spread of…
Kate StarbirdYesterday, my analysis of how the Plandemic video went viral ran smack into a conspiracy theory tweet from President Trump. Here’s a data memo about that — with a little commentary on why its particularly concerning
Kate StarbirdAnother great article exploring how scientific pre-prints have been mobilized for political gain -- and have led to the spread of misinformation about Covid19. The one features the Stanford seroprevalence study. And it has a really beautiful data graphic.
Amid an ongoing global “infodemic,” a glut of competing voices makes it hard to distinguish which sources are trustworthy. Tech companies are finally acknowledging their role as gatekeepers f…
Kate StarbirdI wrote an article highlighting challenges social media platforms face in addressing the COVID19 infodemic — e.g. how to dampen harmful misinformation w/o silencing the collective sensemaking process that is an important part of how we cope with crises.
Today’s propaganda is tomorrow’s truth, and vice versa.
Kate StarbirdGreat article about misinformation and the politicization of #COVID19. @cwarzel covers a lot of territory here, highlighting the challenge of collectively groping with the scientific uncertainty — and how that intersects with political influence.
I conduct research in the area of crisis informatics. Public health pandemics are different enough from my primary domain for research —…
Kate StarbirdMy amazing PhD advisor and mentor, @palen, on why “risk communication is risky business” — including recommendations for temporal bounds (even estimated ones) in social distancing guidelines for #COVID19
Long before the current crisis, we conferred upon our federal and especially state governments the authority to isolate us, restrict our…
Kate Starbird“Law in a Time of Cholera” - a new article by (my @uwcip colleague) @rcalo discussing how the law applies to actions that federal and state governments make take regarding #COVID-19, as well as our rights as citizens.
We conducted a mixed-method, interpretative analysis of an online, cross-platform disinformation campaign targeting the White Helmets, a rescue group operating in rebel-held areas of Syria that have
Kate StarbirdNew paper in the Harvard Misinformation Review w/ co-author Tom Wilson looking at how (dis)information campaigns work across platforms (Twitter, YouTube, media websites) to cultivate audiences and spread their narratives
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When faced with a book-length onslaught of brain-breaking conspiracies like “Revolution Q,” and the Qanon movement behind it, we might start asking if we're getting things exactly backwards.
Kate StarbirdInteresting article echoing what scholars in this space (eg @zephoria) have been saying for a few years... that modern conspiracy theorizers co-opt the tools and rhetoric of media literacy and critical thinking to assemble/support their theories
Paying attention to the impeachment inquiry and other developments means having to figure out what is true, false or spin. Many Americans are throwing up their hands and tuning it all out.
Kate StarbirdThe danger of pervasive disinfo is not being misled about a single topic, but losing our ability to discern truth. When we lose confidence in what we know, we become unable to make decisions that democratic societies need to make to govern themselves.
Facebook said it removed three Russian-backed influence networks aimed at African countries. The activity by the networks suggested Russia’s approach was evolving.
Kate StarbirdThis article on Russian information operations discovered by Facebook this week highlights how they create a network of grey propaganda sites (including setting up “local” outlets and hiring external media groups) to push their narratives
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