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.
An 1899 photograph of the pressroom of the Planet, a newspaper in Richmond, Va.
To survive in 19th-century newsrooms, reporters would have to hustle to get by, even if it meant producing fakes, staging events and sharing work with reporters from competing newspapers.
A pop-up newsroom debunking facts and proposing real time fact-checking can change how media publish stories during specific events such as elections.
Monitoring the spread of mis-information and dis-information during the Swedish national elections by a group of scholars and journalist could set a precedent elsewhere.
Will we soon no longer be able to discern which videos are real and which are fake?
Have we lost our grip on the truth?
A psychologist explains what can happen to individuals and societies that lose their grip on the truth.
More Australians are turning to social media as a source of news.
Teaching media literacy to students can curb the impact of false news, but teachers need more support from their schools and community to do this.
Information and relationships are increasingly online, which can make it hard to know who to trust.
As long as there are no hidden agendas, it is surprisingly simple to reach the right decision when faced with contradictory information.
Malcolm Turnbull has blamed the conservative faction in the Liberal Party for the ‘insurgency’ that led to his resignation as prime minister.
Truth and trust are in short supply in Western democracies. It's imperative our political leaders end the constant bickering and sideshows and restore public confidence in good governance.
Facebook wants to improve trust.
Facebook users may be flagging news as fake just because they disagree with it.
Hannah Shaw (Kitten Lady), with Instagram influencer BriAnne Wills (@girlsandtheircats) at a marketing event in New York, Feb. 2018.
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Although some social media users are able to monetize their social media "likes," much of the pursuit of popularity amounts to nothing and instead turns us into pawns for political and commercial uses
Graffiti mural of Bobi Wine in Nairobi.
Social media has played a central role in attracting attention to the story of Ugandan politician Bobi Wine across the world.
Here lies democracy.
When different sides in a violent political crisis become ever more entrenched, democracy quickly starts to wither.
Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen weaves a traditional cotton scarf In Phnom Penh in June. He won the recent Cambodia election in a landslide after literally rigging the vote by banning the main opposition party, among other tricks.
(AP Photo/Heng Sinith)
The re-election of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen contributes to the growing global democratic crisis. Here's why.
To help with the rebuilding of Syria, we need to curb the rising tide of xenophobia online. Syrian refugees get ready to cross back into war-torn Syria from the eastern Lebanese border town of Arsal, June 28, 2018.
(AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
One of the World Bank's mandates is to prepare for the physical and human capital reconstructions of post-conflict Syria. But an image reconstruction of Syrians and of Syrian refugees is also needed
U.S. President Donald Trump greets supporters in Iowa in July 2018. Why do so many people still support Trump amid a slew of scandals and demonstrably false statements?
(Eileen Meslar/Telegraph Herald via AP)
Experts wonder why Donald Trump remains so popular despite his eyebrow-raising statements. The answer may lie in the way he tells stories.
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Comrade Cheetolino, Mango Mussolini, Agent Orange ... just a few of Trump's fake tan induced nicknames.
Voting in the presidential run-off elections in Mali, recently.
In Africa, biased media coverage is one of the reasons voters have little faith in credible elections.
‘Fake news’ is a meaningless term that is used for anti-democratic propaganda. We should all stop using it.
Police at the scene of a shooting in Toronto’s Greektown on July 23, 2018. The parents of Faisal Hussain, whose shooting spree left two people dead and 13 injured, say their son had struggled all his life with psychosis and depression, but none of the medications or therapies he tried were able to overcome his mental illness.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov
Social media abhors informational vacuums and speed eclipses accuracy. That allows pseudo-experts, agitators and even liars to circulate rumours and poisonous information when big news breaks.
Protesters from the MDC-Alliance march in Harare demanding electoral reforms.
Zimbabwe's upcoming elections potentially marks the start of a new order in the country, where the stakes are extremely high.