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[liberationtech] [Air-L] Fake News

Walid AL-SAQAF wsaqaf at gmail.com
Mon Dec 12 05:52:24 PST 2016


Dear all,

If you are interested, I am happy to collaborate in using the recently
launched open-source tool Mecodify (http://mecodem.eu/mecodify) for
extracting, analyzing and visualizing twitter data that promotes fake news.

We can collaborate to visualize networks that promote fake news and to
understand how they are propagated over time. Just email me offlist if you
are interested.

Best

Walid Al-Saqaf, PhD
Stockholm University

On Dec 12, 2016 3:37 PM, "Thomas Ball" <xtc283 at gmail.com> wrote:

> This article is interesting and relevant to this thread on fake news...
>
> *How Social Media Reduces Mass Political Polarization. Evidence from
> Germany, Spain, and the U.S. *by Paolo Barbera
>
> http://pablobarbera.com/static/barbera_polarization_APSA.pdf
>
> Regards,
> Thomas Ball
>
>
> On Mon, Dec 12, 2016 at 8:28 AM, kalev leetaru <kalev.leetaru5 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
>> The concept of "fake news" is very complex, ranging from satirical to
>> misleading to malicious content and, when looking globally, covers not
>> just
>> social media, but SMS and FTF communication. Much like humor, where one
>> person's hilarious joke might be deeply offensive to another, a good
>> portion of "fake news" revolves around how societies and peoples with
>> different backgrounds interpret and construct meaning from a shared set of
>> information. Paul Linebarger's 1948 book "Psychological Warfare" is a
>> powerful read into the roots and methodology of inorganic constructionism
>> of the kind that underlies much of the hundred shades of gray that we
>> today
>> frequently label as "fake news." This is also why purely technological
>> solutions will always struggle with this complex middle ground that
>> constitutes a large portion of "fake news." Instead, "information
>> literacy"
>> coupled with technological assistance offer perhaps the most robust path
>> forward.
>>
>> You can see more in my latest pieces:
>>
>> http://www.forbes.com/sites/kalevleetaru/2016/11/30/why-stop
>> ping-fake-news-is-so-hard/
>> http://www.forbes.com/sites/kalevleetaru/2016/12/10/the-inve
>> rted-pyramid-and-how-fake-news-weaponized-modern-journalistic-practice/
>> http://www.forbes.com/sites/kalevleetaru/2016/12/11/the-glob
>> al-perspective-on-fake-news/
>> http://www.forbes.com/sites/kalevleetaru/2016/12/11/how-data
>> -and-information-literacy-could-end-fake-news/
>>
>> Kalev
>> http:/kalevleetaru.com/
>> http://blog.gdeltproject.org/
>>
>>
>> On Friday, December 9, 2016, Yosem Companys <companys at stanford.edu>
>> wrote:
>> >
>> > > Anyone know of any academic studies showing that fake (social media)
>> news
>> > > influenced the 2016 presidential election outcome?
>> > >
>> > > Thanks,
>> > > Yosem
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