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Entries in misinformation (2)


How to combat misinformation and disinformation

As we go into a new year, we thought we'd remind ourselves of a some useful information on how to combat misinformation and ‘fake news’. Please add to this list as you wish.

Sheila Webber’s blog

Fake News libguide is here

We will add more material to it as we find it.  Any suggestions as to what could or should be included gratefully received! Alison Skoyles, Information Skills Librarian, London South Bank University 

House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee Disinformation and ‘fake news’: Interim Report, Fifth Report of Session 2017–19, Report, together with formal minutes relating to the report. Ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 24 July 2018

This briefing paper from the European Parliament on what think tanks are thinking about Fake News paper offers links to recent commentaries and reports published by international think tanks on ‘fake news’ and broader related issues. (Ruth Gould Information Librarian |Library & Information Service | Customer - Early Intervention and Community Empowerment, Aberdeen.)

London School of Economics,

“What kind of information society do you want? How should we reduce the amount of misinformation? How can we protect democracy from digital damage? How can we help people make the most of the extraordinary opportunities of the Internet while avoiding the harm it can cause? For a year the LSE Truth, Trust and Technology Commission (T3) has been grappling with these key questions. Sparked by the anxieties caused by so-called fake news, the Commission has now come up with a policy agenda for tackling the information crisis. Working with politicians, technologists, journalists, academics and others from a range of sectors and the general public, we have published this report that sets out a wide-ranging strategy to build a more resilient media system fit for the information ecosystem in the UK.”       

“The UK Government’s official response, published in October, accepted the following recommendation.We agree that ‘fake news’ is a poorly-defined and misleading term that conflates a variety of false information, from genuine error through to foreign interference in democratic processes,” the response stated. 


Jenny Foreman, Scottish Government Library


Do you Trust What You 'Like'?: Navigating Politics and Social Media

Stevenson Trust for Citizenship
Date: Monday 15 October 2018
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Venue: Sir Charles Wilson Lecture Theatre
Category: Public lectures
Speaker: Professor Kenneth Rogerson

We are living with information overload. Sometimes we revel in it and sometimes we just turn it off. In a world where more information flows than we can ever successfully navigate, is it even possible to sift through it to know what is true and relevant to the choices we must make as citizens?