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Deconstructing the Disinformation War – MediaWell

It will be impossible to defeat all perpetrators of disinformation, or successfully anticipate where all the threats might emerge from. Communities must anticipate that the worst will happen and develop processes to nimbly manage the harm. We should spend more time thinking about how to organize the “first responders” to disinformation and misinformation disasters, rather […]

Dissenting from algorithms

So, how can we make algorithmic systems more democratic, so that collective decision-making can be expansive rather than restrictive? This essay explores three intersections of AI and dissent: dissenting from algorithmic decisions, protecting political dissent, and fostering the sensibility to dissent from a given system. Source: A New AI Lexicon: Dissent. Can an algorithmic system […]


The parallels between the spread of the new strain of coronavirus and the spread of misinformation and confusion about it — between the actual pandemic and what the World Health Organization called an “infodemic” — offer a number of important and urgent lessons in news and information literacy. Source: The Sift: Practicing information hygiene | […]

Steps for minimizing our misinformation footprint

Minimize your own “misinformation footprint” by being more thoughtful about what you post and share on social media. Do a quick fact-check first. Shift your focus from arguing points to explaining things to others. Edit and improve Wikipedia articles. Create explanatory YouTube videos. Post pages on blogs or wikis that provide helpful guidance on important […]