ESMH Press Review – October 30, 2019
Cybersecurity, antibiotics and disinformation: check the ESMH selection of 26 science & tech news published in the last 2 weeks on the web. Pick your favourite from the most popular topics in the mainstream media!
A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Walter Quattrociocchi about Media literacy
Media literacy, a scientist's opinion Interview with Walter Quattrociocchi, head of the Laboratory of Data and Complexity at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. How would you define media literacy? Walter Quattrociocchi: The definition varies greatly depending on the problem that you are trying to solve. Media literacy is invoked as a decisive tool with respect ...
Media literacy to counteract misinformation and disinformation: a challenge we should be taking on
Inaccuracy or intentional manipulation: the circulation of false information has become one of the leading problems we are facing in the digital environment. Now watchdogs are fighting back with a range of solutions.
A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Jenni Sargent about Media literacy
Media literacy, a scientist's opinion Interview with Jenni Sargent, managing director of First Draft. What is your definition of media literacy? Jenni Sargent: It's very difficult because I'm one of the most vocal critics of the expression media literacy. I worry that it can be patronising because it ignores the fact that many of the ...
AI could boost journalism with smart tools
Artificial intelligence could be used in the newsrooms and journalists should be trained and prepared for the impact on communication. Experts think that AI can both free journalists from doing the boring stuff and can give them clever new tools for doing things they could never do before. But in the wrong hands, the same technology can also be used to spread disinformation.
A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Kalina Bontcheva about Technology & Disinformation
Interview with Kalina Bontcheva, University of Sheffield about Technology & Disinformation. There is a strong need for data protection laws that can adequately address the challenges of user data being misused and harvested without consent by third-party applications, political parties/politicians, researchers, and others. Can you explain the implications of deep fakes and synthetic media disinformation ...
A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Dr Trisha Meyer & Prof Chris Marsden about Technology & Disinformation
Interview with Dr Trisha Meyer, Vrije Universiteit in Brussels & Prof Chris Marsden, University of Sussex, about Technology & Disinformation. "In struggling to find a sustainable business model for the online environment, many traditional media providers have become almost exclusively reliant on advertising." You mention human involvement in the application of AI systems is important ...
The promise and limitations of technological solutions to disinformation
How useful can machine-learning be in dealing with vectors of disinformation such as deep fakes or bots, and what are the implications of AI-powered fact-checking and deprioritising systems for media pluralism and freedom of expression?