Online Misinformation and Disinformation Operations
A hands-on course in which students familiarize themselves with the concepts of information operations, dissemination of misinformation and disinformation online (e.g. social media platforms, Wikipedia, forums, chatrooms, etc.), fact checking, automated detection, evasion, and the lifecycle of alternative narratives. Antecedents, cognitive predispositions, and the history of misinformation and disinformation in human evolution as well as societies are also discussed. Students work on a misinformation labeling of social media posts for their final project.