Kate Starbird on Rumors and Disinformation

Security Ledger Editor in Chief talks with Kate Starbird, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) at the University of Washington. Starbird has long studied an area called “Crisis Informatics,” which looks at the use of social media during crisis events. She talks about observing the growth of online rumoring, conspiracy theories and disinformation campaigns as a byproduct of her research in recent years, and why she thinks that many of the conspiracies floating around the Internet today may, in fact, be the work of a small number of players.

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