New research shows that more and more of our public conversation is unfolding within a dwindling coterie of sites that are controlled by a small few, largely unregulated and geared primarily to profit rather than public interest.
New research into the economics of attention online casts doubt on the net’s role in fostering public debate, and raises concerns about the future of democracy.
The quest for scientific evidence can trace its roots back to the classic masters of rhetoric.
What we regard today as scientific evidence can trace its roots back to the ancient art of persuasion.
Violeta Chamorro President of Nicaragua meets with former President Bush in the Oval Office at the White House in 1992.
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Decades ago, the CIA created a secret department dedicated to spreading anti-communist propaganda around the globe. A scholar explains how it is comparable to Russian meddling through social media.
Technologies for accessing information need to be somehow future-proofed.
Developing country governments need to give attention to the risks associated with new technologies and develop context-specific responses.
‘I don’t want to see it.’
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If someone sees or hears something they don't want to believe...they probably won't believe it.
How can we make sense of information in today’s connected world?
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Researchers have found that today's students, despite being 'digital natives,' have a hard time distinguishing what is real and what is fake online. Metaliteracy might provide the answers.
Cramming does’t help you retain information, so the effect of a long night on the books may not be for much.
An intense night of study won't help you remember information in the long-term – and the stress of revising under pressure will likely impact on your sleep and thus your exam performance.
Do you ever feel like this? It’s not helping you get smarter…
We now have access to an Internet containing a vast store of information much bigger than any individual brain can carry - and that's not always a good thing.
Consciousness might emerge from a particular kind of information processing.
Consciousness is one of the most mysterious phenomena we know of. But evidence is emerging that it might just be a very special kind of information processing.
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Libraries and archives have dealt with threats for centuries, but the growth of digital networks has created new hazards.
It’s a fracking protest!
Our gut reactions to controversial issues like hydraulic fracturing can be powerful, but information can still change our minds.
University in your pocket?
The way schools and universities teach and test has to keep up with the way young people are processing information.
One of the biggest publishers you know.
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How much money does the government spend on producing information? How many people are engaged in this? We don't know the answers - here's why we should.
Human brain cells are able to include spatial information in their memories, which enables people to recall experiences that…
Most people judge a task’s difficulty based on how easily they can understand the instructions. What if product information…
Misinformation spreads rapidly and sticks tenaciously.
Obama is a Muslim, vaccinations cause autism, asylum seekers are breaking the law, GM foods cause cancer. These are all pieces of unsubstantiated misinformation that are commonly encountered on TV, talk-back…