After attending a talk by Prof. Miguel Poiares Maduro, I invited him to be a guest on our podcast. We are discussing how far-right and far-left parties promote Russia’s talking points on Ukraine, but which ones will do this depends on each country’s political landscape.
The Inoculation’s news roundup
We discuss the ‘died suddenly’ conspiracy, foreign actors, and insects in food
The Inoculation season 5 launch
There are some exciting changes…
Is there a future for Twitter as a public space?
Like many others, I joined Mastodon last year (you can find me @email@example.com). The Twitter migration, as it became known, was a reaction to the change in ownership of Twitter. Famously, the oligarch Elon Musk bought Twitter and made some sweeping changes. In the last episode of our podcast of the year 2022, Eva and I discuss how are the …
Usually doctors are a great source of health information. But some doctors are different
Some doctors on both sides of the Atlantic (and beyond, but we are less informed about those) have boosted their following by going against the scientific consensus on COVID-19. Why would doctors, celebrity or not, spread disinformation? We discuss it on The Inoculation podcast.
When spirituality supports conspiracies
Eva and I have been noting trends of so-called conspirituality since 2020, and finally we have a chance to share what we know on our podcast: Research shows that people who identify as spiritual are disproportionately likely to believe in conspiracy theories. There are several possible explanations for this — spiritual people tend to look for links and bonds everywhere …
Interview with a Swedish journalist who infiltrated the antivaxx movement
Ever since a speaker at Dataharvest mentioned the SVT team’s investigation into the anti-vaccination movement, I wanted to interview someone from this team and ask what it was like. The Swedish team started their investigation at a similar time as Eva and I started ours, but instead of spreading wide in Europe they traced influences all the way to US …
Who believes misinformation?
Cecilie Steenbuch Traberg researches collective intelligence. She is now using her knowledge to find out how people ‘absorb’ misinformation. Eva interviewed her about this research, and you can hear our discussion on the findings on our podcast.
Vaccine ‘space race’
The media reported today that French-speaking ‘influencers’ on social networks have been approached by a dubious PR agency to promote negative messages about the Comirnaty (Pfizer) vaccine (I saw it on Twitter and then it was reported here). In this episode, Eva and I talk to experts who have been collecting data about how false claims about vaccines link to …
Is that post you saw misinformation or disinformation?
Both disinformation and misinformation mix facts with distortions and/ or falsehoods. Disinformation is intentional. But how do we know that when looking at a specific post on social networks? Eva and I try to unpack the terminology in our latest podcast episode. Disinformation is often systematic and sustained over time. And when its spreaders are faced with debunks, they never …
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