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Wednesday, April 5 • 10:30am - 11:30am
K02 - Fake news, reliability & questioning: A researcher’s struggle to navigate the new information landscape

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In the past year, we’ve gotten a crash course in ‘fake news,’ ‘alternative facts,’ disinformation, confusion, propaganda, and media overwhelm. This isn’t just a philosophical issue for us, but one that strikes at the core of what we do. How does this affect our daily work as curators and creators of information? As a veteran researcher, I’m facing new challenges in my information search and evaluation processes. There are twin feelings of overwhelm and urgency given the rapidity with which stories seem to surface and fade, and the sheer volume of what seem to be very critical stories emerging daily. At the same time, emerging news is often difficult to triangulate and I sometimes find myself reading sources with which I’m unfamiliar and not trusting that a story getting picked up by mainstream news is verification of its reliability. In this presentation, I will share the challenges of developing and publishing research across different frequencies: Twitter, bi-weekly newsletter, blogging, policy briefs, academic journals. I will discuss the evolving information landscape and its impacts on information collection, vetting, and sense-making. 

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Monica Bulger

Researcher, Data & Society
Dr. Monica Bulger leads the Enabling Connected Learning initiative at the Data & Society Research Institute where she studies issues of student data privacy, equity, and media manipulation. She co-authors the bi-weekly Student Data Privacy, Equity and Digital Literacy ne... Read More →

Wednesday April 5, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am CDT
Salon C