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Fake news

At Monash, we don't believe in a world dominated by propaganda.

Today's fake news challenge

With the proliferation of social media sites and networks, it can be difficult to judge the credibility of the content they host and distribute. Fake news is increasingly being created to influence views or for political motives, and to deliberately deceive readers.

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This future shouldn't exist; we're changing it

  • Understanding how fake news spreads

    At Monash, we made deceptive robots to see why fake news spreads, and found a weakness.

    Dr Carlo Kopp from the Faculty of Information Technology uses “deceptive software robots” to execute game-theory models to help understand how and why fake news spreads. This will allow us to lessen the negative impact of fake news – and stop it from happening altogether. This research is also measuring the impact the distribution of fake news can have on consensus-forming.

    Monash Lens is home to expert commentary and stories from our academics and researchers who are helping to change the world, just like Dr Kopp.

  • The impact on technology in our culture
    and society

    People who spread 'deep fakes' think their lies reveal a deeper truth.

    Professor Mark Andrejevic's research examines how the proliferation of digital media transforms society, with an emphasis on the political and cultural consequences of automated data collection and processing. The aim is to promote policy, practice and public understanding to ensure machines of the future uphold democratic values and human rights.

    Monash Lens is home to expert commentary and stories from our academics and researchers who are helping to change the world, just like Professor Andrejevic.

  • What Happens Next? Podcast: The Facts of the Matter

    What Happens Next? is a podcast series where Dr Susan Carland explores the biggest challenges facing the world today. A podcast by Monash University.

    In episode 11 The Facts of the Matter, host Dr Susan Carland talks to Dr David Holmes, Director of the Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub, who specialises in a different type of communication, using research and evidence to strategically send critical messages. The aim is to draw attention to climate change, to help people better understand the science, and therefore the impacts. The Hub works closely with weather presenters and media outlets to help ensure information they provide on weather and climate is scientifically accurate, up to date, and easy for the average person to understand and absorb.