Contributor: Martin Angler

Martin Angler profile pictureMartin W. Angler @martinangler is a freelance science journalist based in Italy who mainly works for international news media. While he specialises in science storytelling, he also loves debunking false news about science and writing investigative stories. Martin is also the editor-in-chief of Eurac research’s science blog network. His textbooks on science journalism, blogging and storytelling have been published by Routledge and Springer. He runs workshops on science writing for academics and young journalists.

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Ciara Greene: “How false news and memories change readers’ behaviour”

Cognitive psychologist Ciara Greene studies attention and memory at University College Dublin. Greene recently published a study on how pandemic-related false news changes people’s behaviour. In this interview, she talks about their psychological experiments to demonstrate our susceptibility to false news and how misinformation creates false memories. What prompted you to conduct a study on ...

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Henry Ajder: “We need to make finding and accessing these tools as difficult as possible”

In 2019, you released a report which found that 96 % of all deepfakes produced depict some kind of image abuse. What has changed since then? Back then, no one really knew what the deepfake landscape looked like. Our report, The State of Deepfakes, was the first research that mapped it comprehensively. One of the most ...

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Mariëtte van Huijstee: “Video footage is perceived as evidence”

Mariëtte van Huijstee is an expert on responsible business conduct. She focuses on technology, innovation companies’ societal responsibility and how ongoing digitalisation is changing the fabric of society. Are deepfakes going to play a decisive role in future fake news? I’m afraid they will. Just the potential of actual deepfakes circulating is already impacting how ...

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Fighting abusive deepfakes: the need for a multi-layered action plan

Deepfake videos herald some promise for the media industry, but at present they are mostly used for malicious purposes including the production of non-consensual pornography. The law is failing to protect victims as it struggles to keep pace with technological advances.

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Mike S. Schäfer: ‘Science is a matter of facts, not opinions’

Mike S. Schäfer from the University of Zurich talks about why the pandemic has amplified science journalists’ fatigue, how accelerated science affects the quality of reporting, and how politics can ease the burden. How has the pandemic affected science journalism? The pandemic has changed science journalism’s standing in society. We are now living at a ...

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Cary Funk: “It is important to engage with people who have a low level of trust in scientists”

Cary Funk from Pew Research Center talks about the impact of people’s ideology and education on their trust in scientists, medical treatments and vaccines, and how science communication can overcome this.