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Solutions Proposed for Deluge of Disinformation

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A white paper prepared for the Computing Research Association's Computing Community Consortium outlines steps to help the United States deal with disinformation — false or misleading information intended to deceive people.

"Disinformation has become a major problem not just across this country but around the world," says co-author Chris Wiggins, an associate professor at Columbia Engineering and co-author of "An Agenda for Disinformation Research."

Disinformation that is amplified and accelerated on the Internet via social media is eroding trust in institutions that serve as the bedrocks of society, including science, the media, and government.

The white paper "outlines a clear agenda for research on the topic that could help inform a national response driven by the public and private sectors together," says co-author Nadya Bliss at Arizona State University.

"We technologists created many of the tools being used by disinformation creators and circulators — the Internet, social media, etc. — and it's incumbent upon us to think about solutions," says co-author Elizabeth Bradley at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Other authors of the white paper are Joshua Garland at Santa Fe Institute, Filippo Menczer at Indiana University, Scott W. Ruston at Arizona State University, and Kate Starbird at the University of Washington.

From Columbia University
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