Our MissionThe widespread adoption of digital media and information technologies made it exponentially easier and faster to produce, disseminate, and be exposed to false, manipulated, and sometimes hateful content. Still, misinformation is a complex, largely misunderstood phenomenon. The public, the media, and policy makers are in need of reliable, unbiased research on the prevalence, diffusion, and impact of misinformation worldwide.The HKS Misinformation Review is a new format of peer-reviewed, scholarly publication. Content is produced and “fast-reviewed” by misinformation scientists and scholars, released under open access, and geared towards emphasizing real-world implications. All content is targeted towards a specialized audience of researchers, journalists, fact-checkers, educators, policy makers, and other practitioners working in the information, media, and platform landscape.We review and publish high quality interdisciplinary research that examines misinformation from different perspectives, from its prevalence and impact to the effectiveness of possible interventions.
When students enter college, they will begin their journey on the road to their future careers. At the core to their preparation and eventual success in these careers will be the ability to think critically, reason skillfully, and - in this era of fake news - distinguish between fact and fiction.
Why is critical thinking important? It enhances language and presentation skills, can improve comprehension as well as the expression of ideas. Critical thinking is also crucial for self-reflection. In this video, viewers will understand what it takes to think critically – to determine the facts of a subject without prejudice, place these facts and information in a pattern to better understand and explain them, and accept and reject conclusions based upon experience, judgment, and beliefs.
Cairo, Alberto. (2019). How Charts Lie: Getting Smarter about Visual Information.
Alberto Cairo gave the closing keynote address at the 2019 Great Lakes Business Intelligence & Big Data Summit hosted by WIT on March 7, 2019. In the past few decades, data visualization has become a mainstream language for exploration and communication. Researchers and professionals in multiple disciplines, from the sciences to journalism, have adopted it because of its power to make patterns and trends visible. However, do we really read charts well? Maybe not. This talk reveals the most common types of mistakes people make when seeing graphs, maps, and diagrams, and explains how to become a better chart reader.
WIT is a business analytics consulting firm with 20+ years of experience. We help our clients make better business decisions from their data. For more information, visit www.witinc.com.
News Co/Lab is a nonprofit organization working to advance media literacy through media, education and technology at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.