Podcast series: What is fake news and how does it threaten democracy?

Over the coming weeks, Asimina Michailidou will be discussing fake news, fact-checking, disinformation and trust in the media with distinguished journalists, policy advisers and academics. Three episodes are already available.

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Silje S. Skiphamn (left) and Asimina Michailidou (right) discussing fake news and fact-checking. 

Each episode of the Post-Truth Politics Podcast series offers a different perspective on the challenge of fake news – from the effects of misinformation and disinformation on elections and politics, to fact-checking methods, artificial intelligence and algorithms in the service of anti-fake news campaigns.

The first three episodes are already available on post-truth.is:

Bente Kalsnes, associate professor at the Department of Communication, Kristiania University College, Norway, explains fake news, disinformation and propaganda in the digital public sphere and their effect on politics in the Nordics and beyond. Listen to episode 1.

Silje S. Skiphamn, assistant editor at the fact-checking organization Faktisk.no and chair of the Norwegian Foundation for Investigative Journalism (SKUP), talks about the challenges of fact-checking journalism and shares her tips on how to spot misinformation on our social media feed. Listen to episode 2.

Lucas Graves, associate professor at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison, US explains fact-checking journalism and its role in American politics, the Covid-19 “infodemic”, and restoring citizens’ trust in the media. Listen to episode 3.

Coming up:

  • 12 November 2020: Aris Chatzistefanou, investigative journalist, author and award-winning filmmaker from Greece, talks about his latest documentary, Make the Economy scream, government-sanctioned misinformation, and the role of investigative journalism in restoring citizens’ trust in democracy.
  • 19 November 2020: Iva Nenadić, instructor at the Faculty of Political Science of Zagreb University in Croatia, coordinator of the European University Institute’s Media Pluralism Monitor in the area of Political Independence, and formerly journalist and editor, discusses the future of democracy, information and digital regulation in the digital era, not only from a top-down EU policy perspective, but also from a bottom-up, national journalism dimension. 
  • 26 November 2020: Nikos Sarris, head of technologies against disinformation at ATC Innovation Lab, coordinator of the European Observatory against Disinformation (SOMA) and member of the executive board of the European Digital Media Observatory, talks us through the IT solutions against misinformation and challenges ahead.
Published Nov. 6, 2020 9:20 AM - Last modified Nov. 6, 2020 9:20 AM