• Does ‘fake news’ really sway elections?

    Magda Osman     |      February 5, 2024

    Despite the panic over disinformation and misinformation swaying election results, most studies suggests that fake news is more likely to enhance existing beliefs and views rather than radically change voting intentions of those who are undecided.

  • Fake it till you make it

    Tom Buchanan     |      January 22, 2024

    Only a minority of people share false information but, given the vast scale of social media platforms, even that can lead to fake stories spreading like wildfire.

  • You can’t win

    Open Forum     |      December 22, 2023

    People asked to check the truthfulness of fake news stories online may be more likely to believe the misinformation is true, and that may be because search engines expose them to more fake news as they do so, according to US scientists.

  • Doctoring the facts

    Open Forum     |      November 14, 2023

    Government and industry guardrails are urgently needed for Generative AI to protect the health and wellbeing of our communities, say Flinders University medical researchers who put the technology to the test.

  • Fakes, facts and flame outs

    Mathieu O Neil     |      August 13, 2022

    Hostile governments, conspiracy theorists and politically motivated individuals use social media to spread lies for profit or to gain a strategic advantage, so what can we do to protect ourselves?

  • Images and distorted facts

    Mark Pearson     |      January 19, 2021

    We live in a dangerous age where the internet makes it possible to spread misinformation far and wide and many people lack the skills to discern fact from fiction. Here are five ways for us all to improve our media literacy and fact-checking skills.

  • China’s twitter propaganda backfires

    Michael Shoebridge     |      December 2, 2020

    China’s increasingly crude economic and misinformation campaign against Australia is only strengthening our resolve to resist such bullying.

  • Australia’s electoral system isn’t immune to US-style conspiracy theories

    Elise Thomas     |      November 25, 2020

    Australia should build trust in the electoral system through awareness campaigns to educate the public on the voting process, how their votes are counted and the steps being taken to ensure systems are secure.

  • Fighting fake news with humour

    Lennon Chang     |      November 25, 2020

    A range of approaches is required to limit the production and dissemination of questionable content, and officialdom needs to change the way it communicates in the digital age, including the use of humour.

  • The struggle for truth in the era of deep-fakes

    Gordon Weiss     |      November 16, 2020

    When our senses are drowned in a flood of dubious images how will we make the truth more resilient to maintain stable governance, trust in institutions and faith in the evening news?

  • New handbook helps citizens to debunk fake news

    Open Forum     |      October 17, 2020

    The battle against fake news has gained a powerful new weapon, with leading experts across the globe penning a free new handbook describing the best ways to combat misinformation.

  • Just the facts, Ma’am

    Caroline Tang     |      June 4, 2020

    Fake news has proliferated around COVID-19, so how can scientists cut through the misinformation about the pandemic to inform the public of the facts?