Category: Blog

July 8, 2021 Rubin, Victoria No comments exist

During my 2020-21 sabbatical, I have been contracted by Springer Nature to write a book, tentatively titled, “Misinformation and Disinformation: Detecting Fakes with the Eye and AI” (to be completed by 2022.) The idea was first developed for a FIMS graduate course “Misinformation & Viral Deception” that was first offered in 2019. Brief Description (in…

July 8, 2021 Rubin, Victoria No comments exist

Youth Time International Movement representative, Olivia Hupp, reached out to me for an interview about the Psychology of Misinformation. I gladly agreed to participate. The Youth Time International Movement is based in Prague, Czechia. It is a nonprofit organization which, in Olivia’s words, is “geared towards empowering the youth (18-35) to find solutions and take…

July 8, 2021 Rubin, Victoria No comments exist

I’m coming back to teaching after a year of sabbatical. My 2021/22 leave was spent writing a book “Misinformation and Disinformation: Detecting Fakes with the Eye and AI” (to be completed by 2022) under a contract with the Springer Nature Publisher (details here). In 2021/22 I hope to see our FIMS students face-to-face, assuming Western…

April 9, 2020 Rubin, Victoria No comments exist

Visit our Digital Wall of Iconographics: “Strategies for Prevention, Deterrence, or Detection of Mis-/Disinformation” In Winter 2020 academic term, graduate students in the “Misinformation and Viral Deception” course at FIMS, Western University conducted Case Studies about events that involved elements of deception. Generalizing from particular Case Study circumstances to broader types of information manipulation (online…

January 23, 2020 Rubin, Victoria No comments exist

A new book on ‘fake news’ is out and we contributed a chapter to it! “Navigating Fake News, Alternative Facts, and Misinformation in a Post-Truth World”, edited by Kimiz Dalkir & Rebecca Katz (McGill University, Canada), is a collection of innovative research on human and automated methods to deter the spread of misinformation online, such…

January 23, 2020 Rubin, Victoria No comments exist

In just a few words, we compute natural language patterns to identify varieties of fakes in online news. Is 3 minutes enough time to talk about it? Hardly, but you get a better sense of it: The 3-minute format was an imposed requirement by the Organizers of the 3MTalks. In practice, it’s either a turtle…

December 13, 2019 Rubin, Victoria No comments exist

On Friday, 6 December 2019, a group of MLIS students and I welcomed an invited speaker in our last class of Fall 2019 academic term. Doug Williams, Cataloguer at the London Public Libraries (LPL) Central Branch, agreed to come to Western University and give us a talk about his work from the point of view…

October 9, 2019 Rubin, Victoria No comments exist

A timely interview about how to spot “fakes” in the news automatically. The podcast is hosted by the Global News. The host, Jason Tetro, a Visiting Scientist at the University of Guelph was a great fun to talk to! Thank you, Jason, for the invitation. Listen to the 30-minute podcast via https://globalnews.ca/author/super-awesome-science-show/ Further details about…

September 23, 2019 Rubin, Victoria No comments exist

“Faculty of Information and Media Studies (FIMS) is seeking outstanding candidates for two probationary (Tenure-Track) appointments effective July 1, 2020. The Faculty of Information and Media Studies (FIMS) at Western University invites applications for 2 probationary (tenure-track) appointments at the rank of Assistant Professor in the areas of (1) digital media theory and practice and…

September 23, 2019 Rubin, Victoria No comments exist

On Saturday, September 14, 2019 FIMS at Western participated first time in the “Doors Open London” event. Many thanks to the community members who came out and had a chat with us! The Dean’s Office count tells us we had over 150 people that stopped by that afternoon. Very exciting! I’d also like to personally…