This workshop will examine the spread of disinformation and conspiracy theories related to COVID-19 while also touching upon the basics of information disorder. We will start by defining the terms: disinformation vs misinformation vs propaganda vs “fake news”. We will discuss the origins and development of international conspiracy theories, looking into well-known examples, and analyze how social networks and closed/open communications platforms amplify disinformation.
We will touch upon the basics of the psychology of disinformation, including confirmation bias, appeal to emotions and the role of algorithms in producing information bubbles.
Finally, we will look at examples of COVID-19 conspiracy theories, and evolution of disinformation and misinformation, from early examples in January, up to September 2020.
At the end of the workshop, students will have a basic understanding of how disinformation works, how it is distributed and the psychology of “fake news”.
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Talk hosted by CCT Alum Michael Mirny (’04)