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‘Portrait of a Woman of the Hofer Family,’ Swabian artist, c. 1470, and a picture showing a fly on U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence during the Oct. 7 debate at University of Utah in Salt Lake City. (Wikimedia Commons/AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Mike Pence’s fly: From Renaissance portraits to Salvador Dalí, artists used flies to make a point about appearances

Flies have long held symbolic meaning in the history of art. In portraits made in Renaissance Europe, the presence of a fly symbolizes the transience of human life.
Joe Biden’s basement bookshelf has become a familiar background for his campaign videos. Photo by JoeBiden.com via Getty Images

Amid pandemic, campaigning turns to the internet

For many years, political operatives have been perfecting their use of the internet's vast array of social media platforms, websites and digital tools.
When you share information online, do it responsibly. Sitthiphong/Getty Images

10 ways to spot online misinformation

Here's what to watch out for, so you can protect yourself – and your social circles – from lies, half-truths and misleading spins on current events.
On the internet, anyone can express their views, like they can in Speakers’ Corner in London – it’s up to the audience to guard against disinformation. J. A. Hampton/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

The battle against disinformation is global

A scholar who has reviewed the efforts of nations around the world to protect their citizens from foreign interference says there is no magic solution, but there's plenty to learn and do.
How can you tell the news from the noise? pathdoc/Shutterstock.com

4 ways to protect yourself from disinformation

As the 2020 elections near and disinformation campaigns ramp up, an expert on media literacy offers advice you can use to develop habits to exert more conscious control over your news intake.
What people read online could really disrupt society and politics. igorstevanovic/Shutterstock.com

How disinformation could sway the 2020 election

The Russians won’t be alone in spreading disinformation in 2020. Their most likely imitator will be Iran. Also, Instagram could get even more infected with intentional misinformation than it has been.
He’s calling – but will you answer? Russian Presidential Executive Office

How to avoid accidentally becoming a Russian agent

The Mueller report reveals that some U.S. citizens helped Russian government agents organize real-life events, aiding Russia's propaganda campaign. Don't be like them.

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