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Listen: Tanya, Hugo, and Rolf on ‘Election’ podcast
Listen: Tanya, Hugo, and Rolf on ‘Election’ podcast

Tanya, Hugo, and Rolf discuss conspiracy theories with David Runciman on his ‘Election’ podcast. We present the results of our survey and touch on recent events in Argentina and Russia. Listen (from 10:00) here. m4s0n501

14 April 2015
The Miami Conference

“It’s hard to question a category and measure with it at the same time” – it was in these terms that my colleague Alfred attempted to explain one of the many rifts running through a recent conference on conspiracy theories. Since the 1980s conspiracy theories have been discovered as a topic worthy of serious academic […]

3 April 2015
An algorithmic approach to trustworthiness

Apropos last week’s symposium on virality, and in particular the relative speeds of online dissemination of truths and untruths, this paper from Google researchers is interesting.  At the moment, Google ranks search results using a proprietary algorithm (or, more likely, set of algorithms) which perform some kind of ‘peer review’ of web pages.  The essence […]

7 March 2015