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CANCELLED: Hoaxes, memes & bots: Learning how to navigate our polluted information streams


Location: Williston Library Reading Room, Mount Holyoke College


LITS’ speaker series on information and technology issues affecting society at large continues next month with a lecture by Claire Wardle, “Hoaxes, memes & bots: Learning how to navigate our polluted information streams.”

In 2016 the world woke up to the severity of the polluted information environment. This lecture will explain why we need to consider the whole spectrum of the misinformation ecosystem, what we have learned from monitoring disinformation in the French, UK, and German elections, and why we have to stop using the term “fake news.”  Most importantly, it will include practical tips so you can make sure you don't get fooled by the hoaxes, misattributed, and manipulated content that surfaces online.

Claire Wardle is one of the world’s experts on user-generated content and Director of First Draft, a non-profit dedicated to finding solutions to the challenges associated with trust and truth in the digital age.  She has served as Research Director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School, head of social media for the UN Refugee Agency, and Director of News Services for Storyful.  Wardle designed and led the social media training for BBC News, training over 4,000 journalists around the world, and currently sits on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Information and Entertainment.  

This event is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.

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