Monday, November 6, 2017

NEW DATE: December 5, 2017! Hoaxes, memes & bots: Learning how to navigate our polluted information streams

***Update and edit to this post: Unfortunately, Claire Wardle is unable to make it, so we are very happy to welcome her colleague Nic Dias (the day and time remain the same).

New date! Please join LITS for this rescheduled talk in our series on information and technology issues affecting society at large with a lecture by Nic Dias, “Hoaxes, memes & bots: Learning how to navigate our polluted information streams.” The talk will take place Tuesday December 5th, 2017, from 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM in the Williston Library Reading Room at Mount Holyoke College.

Nic Dias is a senior research fellow at First Draft News, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting truth and trust on the internet. He has a background in computational journalism and social science. His recent research interests include the use of bots to boost hyperpartisan perspectives, misinformation and disinformation on social media. In this avenue, he has studied the use of social bots to amplify misinformation in the United States, France, the United Kingdom and Germany—particularly during elections. Other curiosities of his include the psychological principles dictating the correction of false beliefs.

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.

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

LITS is committed to providing universal access to all of our events.  LITS’ event and exhibit spaces are wheelchair accessible.  Please contact to request disability accommodations.  We ask that requests for accommodations be made as early as possible.