Prompted by Noortje Marres’s article “Why We Can’t Have Our Facts Back” this project explores different approaches for tracing and narrating “public facts” online.
Some explorations from a workshop on “A Digital Test of the News: Checking the Web for Public Facts” can be found here.
A Field Guide to “Fake News” and Other Information Disorders explores the use of digital methods to study false viral news, political memes, trolling practices and their social life online.
It responds to an increasing demand for understanding the interplay between digital platforms, misleading information, propaganda and viral content practices, and their influence on politics and public life in democratic societies.
It is a project of the Public Data Lab with support from First Draft.
The guide is freely available via the link below.
It is released under a Creative Commons Attribution license to encourage readers to freely copy, translate, redistribute and reuse the book. All the assets necessary to translate and publish the guide in other languages are available on the Public Data Lab’s GitHub page.
You can also find it on Zenodo here (DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1136271).
Jonathan W. Y. Gray is Senior Lecturer in Critical Infrastructure Studies at the Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London; Co-Founder of the Public Data Lab; and Research Associate at the Digital Methods Initiative at the University of Amsterdam and the médialab at Sciences Po, Paris. More about his work can be found here. He is on Twitter at @jwyg.