Category: Blog

Stacey on Making of Fact News

On February 15, 2019, Megan Stacey, the London city hall reporter for the London Free Press, gave a talk, entitled “The Making of the Fact News: In an Era of Distrust and Misinformation” as part of the “Guest Speaker Series on Misinformation, Disinformation” in FIMS9328 Graduate Course at Western University. Megan Stacey is the city Read More …

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 …