Category: Blog

Sadler on Hunting Court Case Documents

On February 8, 2019, John R. Sadler, Director and Senior Librarian, Law Library at Western University gave a talk, entitled “Docket to Deadline: Hunting court case documents for librarians and journalists” as part of the “Guest Speaker Series on Misinformation, Disinformation” in FIMS9328 Graduate Course at Western University.

Interdisciplinary Speaker Series on Misinformation/Disinformation in FIMS Graduate Course

In Winter 2019 academic term, I created and delivered a new interdisciplinary course at FIMS, Western. The course is further described on my Teaching Website. In short, we took a thorough look at the notions of truth, deception, misinformation, disinformation and various types of information manipulation, and how these topics are treated in different disciplines, Read More …

LiT.RL NV Browser Passes Peer-Review for Journal of Open Source Code Software (JOSS)

Congratulations to the whole LiT.RL team! Our peer-reviewed JOSS publication is out as of March 9th, 2019! Details: In December 2018 we released the source code for our in-house application, called News Verification Browser. See an FAQ on its functionality. The source code, residing in our GitHub repository, has just been through an intensive 3 Read More …

Release of the LiT.RL News Verification Browser Source Code: Detecting Clickbait, Satire, and Falsified News

On 6 December 2018 the Language & Information Technology Research Lab (LiT.RL) from Western University (Canada) released the source code for the LiT.RL News Verification (NV) Browser via LiT.RL GitHub Repository. The LiT.RL NV Browser is a recently developed proof of concept software that identifies clickbait, satirical news, or falsified news. The source code is available Read More …

“Misinformation” is the Word of the Year 2018 for Dictionary.com

A brief video from the TIME Magazine highlights the absence of intent in misinformation as opposed to disinformation. https://youtu.be/n0P_QAvkF0Q About TIME: “A 24/7 news publication with nearly a century of experience, TIME’s coverage shapes how we understand our world.” (from their YouTbe Channel About Section: https://www.youtube.com/user/TimeMagazine/about ) See also the direct announcement with its details Read More …

New FIMS Course on “Misinformation and Viral Deception”, January – April, 2019

In Winter 2019 Dr. Rubin is offering a new special topic interdisciplinary course “Misinformation & Viral Deception (FIMS 9328)”  which will be open to FIMS graduate students, including those interested primarily in journalism and communication, or media studies, or library, information science and technologies. A variety of expertise, backgrounds, and interests in the classroom will Read More …

Presentations at April 2018 FIMULAW, Graduate Interdisciplinary Research Day, London, Ontario

The FIMULAW is an interdisciplinary conference held jointly by the Faculties of Information and Media Studies, Music, and Law at Western University.     The FIMULAW event “provides graduate students and faculty members across our three faculties the opportunity to work together to address shared concerns which merit novel, interdisciplinary responses”. Several LiT.RL lab members Read More …