• Arvanitakis on American politics: Don’t believe the social media hype

    James Arvanitakis     |      May 2, 2020

    Promoting online literacy for young people and demanding social media quickly responds to fake news are worthwhile goals, but they do not deal with the underlying dissatisfaction which allows fake news to take root.

  • Recovering from “NEWS” Syndrome

    Edwin Maher     |      April 23, 2020

    COVID-19 has disrupted every aspect of our lives but our hunger for constant updates may cause more stress than reassurance. Relying on trusted sources, and turning off the news every now and then for family time can help us strike a better balance in our lives.

  • COVID-19 denial is spreading on social media

    Elise Thomas     |      April 16, 2020

    Governments and health authorities should take steps to tackle the growing pockets of coronavirus denialism within their communities, as a war against this invisible enemy cannot be won if people don’t believe it exists.

  • Why it’s so hard to fight online misinformation

    Rosalie Gillett     |      April 15, 2020

    Before sharing something, think carefully about where it came from. Verify the source and its evidence, double-check with independent other sources, and report suspicious content to the platform directly. Now, more than ever, we need information we can trust.

  • Fake news in the age of COVID-19

    Greg Nyilasy     |      April 13, 2020

    Over the last four years, “fake news” has become an everyday expression, but what effect are misinformation spread by the public and disinformation pushed by hostile states having on our perceptions of COVID-19?

  • Fake news can be fatal

    Carlo Kopp     |      March 28, 2020

    The deluge of fake news around coronavirus is a pandemic in itself, and if enough fake news consumers act upon the false beliefs or uncertainties being spread, it has the potential to be just as lethal.

  • The virus of misinformation

    Elise Thomas     |      March 28, 2020

    Chinese and Russian propaganda which skews the Coronavirus outbreak against the West is being shared and spread by Western conspiracy theorists and threatens to undermine the fight against the disease, as well as rewrite its origins to turn fact into fiction.

  • Worried yet? 5 ways to manage news consumption

    Mark Pearson     |      March 16, 2020

    Coronavirus is dominating the headlines and social media feeds, and not all the information out there is true. Relying on trusted, evidence-based sources is the best way to keep informed as the situation develops.

  • Is trolling freedom of speech?

    Jay Daniel Thompson     |      March 13, 2020

    The internet and social media offer everyone a chance to air their views, but should people’s ability to ‘troll’ others simply to stir up anger be curtailed to protect people from harm?

  • Another blow to media diversity

    Julie Tullberg     |      March 7, 2020

    AAP has been a bastion of regional coverage, and a vital infusion into increasingly stretched newsrooms. This voice will disappear in June, further diminishing media diversity in Australia, as less original factual news will be produced.

  • The truth v. good stories

    Open Forum     |      March 3, 2020

    From hashtags to deepfakes, Dr Cameron Edmond from the UNSW Faculty of Art & Design addresses how to navigate the murky waters of online misinformation.

  • Bushfires, bots and the spread of disinformation

    Elise Thomas     |      January 16, 2020

    As fire wreaked havoc across large swathes of the country, online Australia battled another crisis in the form of waves of misinformation and disinformation sweeping across social media.