Misinformation Prevention – Some Recommended Videos

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Presented here are educational videos recommended by Avram Turing. These videos are lectures/talks by prominent scholars and researchers. This list will be regularly updated.  Each video looks at misinformation from a different point of view but complimentary with other perspectives.

danah boyd is the founder/president of Data & Society Research Institute. She is also partner researcher at Microsoft Research and a visiting professor at New York University. Her paper ‘Social Network Sites: Definition, History, and Scholarship’ has been cited more than 23,000 times by other scholars.

Sinan Aral is a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is the Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE). His paper ‘The spread of True and False News Online’ was rated by Altmetrics as the second most influential paper of 2018 in any scientific discipline.

Cass Sunstein is one of only 24 “University Professors” at Harvard University. He is a best-selling author and the most cited legal scholar in America.

Michael Rich is the President and CEO of the Rand Corporation, a premier research organization and think tank. Thirty-two Nobel Prize winners have worked at the Rand Corporation as staff or consultants at one time in their careers.



  1. Disinfo Discussions: The Fundamentals with danah boyd. Courtesy of The Aspen Institute


“Aspen Digital’s Executive Director Vivian Schiller discusses the fundamentals of disinformation with danah boyd, a Partner Researcher at Microsoft Research, the founder and president of Data & Society, and a Visiting Professor at New York University”


2. The Hype Machine: How Social Media Disrupts Our Elections, Economy and Health (and How We Must Adapt). Courtesy of The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)


“In this talk MIT Professor Sinan Aral drew on two decades of his own research and business experience and goes under the hood of the biggest, most powerful social networks to tackle the critical question of just how much social media actually shapes our choices, for better or worse.”


3. Liars: Falsehoods and Free Speech in an Age of Deception. Courtesy of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)


“Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein probes the fundamental question of how we can deter lies while also protecting freedom of speech in his book ‘Liars: Falsehoods and Free Speech in an Age of Deception'”


4. Truth Decay: A Primer. Courtesy of The Rand Corporation

“What are the causes and consequences of Truth Decay? This video introduced by Michael Rich, president and CEO of the Rand Corporation, examines past eras of U.S. history to identify evidence of Truth Decay’s four trends and outlines a strategy for determining what can be done to address the challenge it presents.

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