Advances is Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its ability to generate text and images has added a new dimension to the challenges of discerning reality. These article provide an overview on AI and disinformation:
The University of Washington has created an AI Guide for a deep dive into the topic. And, remember, you can always trust your librarians to help you navigate these increasingly murky waters.
This guide was developed by Elizabeth Ramsey, Memo Cordova, and Anders Tobiason. It has been reviewed and revised by students of the library's DisinfoSquad. Learn more about the squad at DisinfoSquad@BoiseState.edu.
Misleading and false information in the political sphere is not new, but its reach into our daily lives has created a challenging storm of information that each of us must now navigate. Political strategists, social media, and click-bait headlines have fogged the lines between opinion and evidence, unfortunately leaving us vulnerable to deceptive practices. This guide explores the ways misleading information is presented, our vulnerabilities to disinformation, and practical tools for quickly evaluating its credibility.
What Is Disinformation?
We like the definitions from the News Literacy Project with the caveat that it's often impossible to determine the intent behind information:
Disinformation: A subset of misinformation that is deliberately created or shared with the intention to misinform and mislead others, usually to achieve a desired ideological, political or financial result.
Misinformation:Information that is misleading, erroneous or false. Misinformation is generally shared — and sometimes created — by people who are unaware that it’s inaccurate. This is the best term to use when the intent of the creator or sharer is unknown. An EU civil rights organization provides more detail about the differences in Misinformation vs. Disinformation: Definition and Examples.
Conspiracy Theory: a theory that explains an event or set of circumstances as the result of a secret plot by usually powerful conspirators. (Merriam Webster) The European Commission has created this great guide to Identifying Conspiracy Theories.