Digital technologies have created an information deluge. It is impossible to keep up with the flood. But digital technologies have also changed the flow of information in the world. The old gatekeepers like the media have been bypassed. What does this mean during a crisis when we need to make rapid decisions under uncertainty and we need to act collectively?

In this episode Owen Gaffney speaks to Kate Starbird who is associate professor at the University of Washington. Kate is an expert in how communications technologies are used during crises. And Victor Galaz, an associate professor and deputy director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University. Part of his work looks at the spread of disinformation online.

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Books and publications mentioned during the talk

Disinformation’s spread: bots, trolls and all of us

The spread of true and false news online

How Bad Is The COVID-19 Misinformation Epidemic?

Social Media and Fake News in the 2016 Election

Emotional AI: The Rise of Empathic Media

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

About Rethink Talks

Rethink Talks is Stockholm Resilience Centre’s multimedia podcast series on resilience thinking and global change. It spotlights conversations between experts on a range of topics that highlight how resilience thinking and biosphere stewardship add value to current debates on for instance COVID-19.