The profound detrimental effects of disinformation makes it one of the most pressing issues of our times. Disinformation not only deceives people and leads them to hold false beliefs. Rather, the thriving of disinformation raises the more fundamental problem of which sources of information can be trusted at all. By potentially challenging our relationships of trust, disinformation represents a more profound disruption of the information space. Consequently, disinformation may potentially fuel confusion or mistrust of traditional information sources. Furthermore, they may exacerbate the polarization of the public debate and thus have far-reaching damaging effects on processes of democratic decision-making.
Disinformation as such is a not a completely new phenomenon, but it has become more pressing in recent years. This is not only due to the prevalence of social media and the kind of attention economy that governs them. The causes and conditions that can be named for the proliferation of disinformation are manifold, whether technological, sociological, institutional or political.
Likewise, the discussion about adequate countermeasures against disinformation is complex and offers no simple solutions. A great part of the debate focuses on technical solutions to the problem, such as upload filters. However, these raise questions not only about their practical feasibility but also about ethical and legitimacy concerns. Alternative approaches that aim to educate news consumer‘s media literacy threaten to overburden them.
The general aim of the conference is to gain a better and more comprehensive understanding of the effects, causes and mechanism of disinformation. We also aim at discussing the various advantages and problems of possible countermeasures.
Timetable and abstracts are available on the conference website: https://www.conftool.net/sas2022/sessions.php
A defense of polarisation and extremism David Coady (University of Tasmania, Australia)
Towards socio-technical interventions against misinformation Hendrik Heuer (Harvard University, United States of America)
Algorithmic aspects of how mis/disinformation is spread, mitigated, and funded Noah Giansiracusa (Bentley University, United States of America)
Democracy, misinformation, and the knowledge of non-experts Diego Tajer (MCMP-LMU, Munich, Germany)
Reconfigurations of trust regimes: an analysis of the potential of fake news Jörn Wiengarn, Maike Arnold (HLRS, Germany)
The visual gap between reliability and confidence in the Israeli military’s evidence production: comparative analyses of selected examples Maayan Amir (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel)
Photographic deception and trust in photographs Zsolt Batori (Kodolanyi Janos University, Hungary)
Ignorance in social networks: Does shape matter? Brian Ball1, Alexandros Koliousis1, Mike Peacey2 (1New College of the Humanities, United Kingdom; 2University of Bristol, United Kingdom)
Politicization as disinformation through epistemic pollution Casey Doyle (Binghamton University, United States of America)
Reposting: its linguistic and epistemic value Neri Marsili (Universitat de Barcelona, Spain)
On the ethical normativity of trust in disinformational worlds Laurence Lerch (University of Lucerne, Switzerland)
Beyond belief: toward a non-doxastic account of disinformation Keith Raymond Harris (Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany)
Symmetrical trust, critical skills and combating disinformation Sergei Talanker (Western Galilee College, Israel)
Trust in falsehoods: how disinformation works Andrija Šoć (University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philosophy, Institute of Philosophy, Serbia)
Fake news war: avoiding Manicheism Sacha Ferrari (KU Leuven, Belgium)
Beyond social media: how organizations deceive Marco Meyer1, Chun Wei Choo2 (1University of Hamburg, Germany; 2University of Toronto, Canada)
Towards an epistemic compass for the internet Abraham Tobi (University of Johannesburg, South Africa)
Information, misinformation, disinformation and trust in scientific communication Ramon Alvarado (University of Oregon, United States of America)
The adaptive value of conspiracy theories and why they prevail Marija Kušić1, Petar Nurkić2 (1Institute for Psychology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, Serbia; 2Institute for Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, Serbia)
“Fake news” and conspiracy narratives in the context of regimes of “posttruth”: an analysis from the perspective of nihilism Oliver Zöllner (Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart, Germany)
Targets of countermeasures against disinformation: individuals’ beliefs and groups’ beliefs Lei Niu (University of Cologne, Germany)
The dilemma of voice: what we ought to do with the agenda-driven narratives? Kristina Khutsishvili (University of Ghent, Belgium)
The philosophical contradictions of public opinion Eric-John Russell (Universität Potsdam, Germany)
HLRS, University of Stuttgart Nobelstraße 19 70569 Stuttgart, Germany Room 0.439 / Rühle Saal Location and nearby accommodations
Aug 31, 2022
Sep 02, 2022
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