Navigating Fake News, Alternative Facts, and Misinformation in a Post-Truth World

Navigating Fake News, Alternative Facts, and Misinformation in a Post-Truth World

Kimiz Dalkir (McGill University, Canada) and Rebecca Katz (McGill University, Canada)
Release Date: February, 2020|Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 375|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-2543-2
ISBN13: 9781799825432|ISBN10: 1799825434|EISBN13: 9781799825456|ISBN13 Softcover: 9781799825449


In the current day and age, objective facts have less influence on opinions and decisions than personal emotions and beliefs. Many individuals rely on their social networks to gather information thanks to social media’s ability to share information rapidly and over a much greater geographic range. However, this creates an overall false balance as people tend to seek out information that is compatible with their existing views and values. They deliberately seek out “facts” and data that specifically support their conclusions and classify any information that contradicts their beliefs as “false news.”

Navigating Fake News, Alternative Facts, and Misinformation in a Post-Truth World is a collection of innovative research on human and automated methods to deter the spread of misinformation online, such as legal or policy changes, information literacy workshops, and algorithms that can detect fake news dissemination patterns in social media. While highlighting topics including source credibility, share culture, and media literacy, this book is ideally designed for social media managers, technology and software developers, IT specialists, educators, columnists, writers, editors, journalists, broadcasters, newscasters, researchers, policymakers, and students.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Digital Environments
  • Information Overload
  • Information Verification
  • Knowledge Management
  • Media Literacy
  • Online Deception
  • Perceived Bias
  • Share Culture
  • Social Media
  • Source Credibility

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Kimiz Dalkir has a PhD in Educational Technology from Concordia University, an MBA and a BSc from McGill University. She is an internationally recognized expert in transfer and retention of critical knowledge. Dr. Dalkir has worked in the field of knowledge transfer for 17 years. As Global Practice Leader, KM for DMR/Fujitsu Consulting, she designed and developed KM systems for clients in Europe, Japan, and North America. Since 2002, she is a professor of Knowledge Management at McGill University at the School of Information Studies where she pursues research in intellectual capital management, knowledge taxonomies, and communities of practice in diverse types of organizations. Kimiz wrote Knowledge Management in Theory and Practice (2005, Elsevier; 2nd ed. MIT Press, 2011) which has had an international impact on KM education and on KM practice and has been recently translated into Korean and Farsi.