Fake News: Living in the Post-Truth Era

General intro

With the pervasiveness of the web and social networks, and the rise of countless alternative media outlets, we live in a world where information is produced at an increasing speed, by innumerable sources whose quality and reliability are extremely variable. Fake news, hoaxes, conspiracy theories, armies of bots, troll factories, small and large scale disinformation campaigns…

Learning objectives

Develop critical thinking and the ability to recognize and categorize the many different types of fake news, manipulations and influence campaigns found on the Internet.

Targeted skills

  • Be aware of the historical context of the fake news phenomenon.
  • Understand the causes and contemporary issues related to fake news.
  • Be able to spot and define the many shapes and forms (typology) of fake news on the web and in social networks.