fact or fiction
What's at stake is the very health of democracy
Little evidence exists on the global effectiveness, or lack thereof, of potential solutions to misinformation. We conducted simultaneous experiments in four countries to investigate the extent to which fact-checking can reduce false beliefs. Fact-checks reduced false beliefs in all countries, with most effects detectable more than 2 wk later and with surprisingly little variation by country. Our evidence underscores that fact-checking can serve as a pivotal tool in the fight against misinformation.
Evaluate the effectiveness of a combined Internet and text message intervention for smoking cessation compared with an Internet intervention alone. The text message intervention was optimized for engagement in an earlier Multiphase Optimization (MOST) screening phase.
Text messaging (SMS) smoking cessation programs can reach a large amount of cigarette smokers and are effective in increasing quit rates, but their efficacy has not yet been explored in Vietnam.
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Monday, May 3, 2021 - 12:30pm to Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - 2:00pm
The Institute for Data, Democracy & Politics and the Social Science Research Council’s Media & Democracy hosted The Conservative Dilemma: Digital Surrogate Organization
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 - 1:00pm
AI Fairness and Transparency addressed the importance of independent, academic research into algorithms. Dr. Nicol Turner Lee of the Brookings Institution and Professor Robert Brauneis of the GW Law School discussed recent developments in the algorithmic transparency, equity and justice and digital civil rights.
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 1:00pm
As the Biden administration and the new Congress begin to grapple with how to bring transparency and accountability to massive digital platforms like Facebook, Google, TikTok, and Twitter, they may seek ideas and guidance from other countries and jurisdictions where regulatory work has been moving more rapidly.
How did a science question about the efficacy of an inexpensive, everyday drug become an inflamed public morality debate — where people on both sides believe the wrong position could cost lives? It's a tale that spans science and politics, pitting health officials against celebrities and communal responsibilities against individual rights.
Is there something WEIRD about fact-checking?
Facebook’s admission that a data set it provided to social scientists had serious errors has prompted outrage from some academics and observers.