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Fake news has taken the world and especially America by storm, and in this episode, we talk with two academics who are part of LSE’s effort to define and address this threat to society. We talk with Charlie Beckett and Sonia Livingstone about fake news: what it is and what we can do about it.

This episode features Professor Charlie Beckett, Director of Polis, the Media Policy Project and the LSE Truth, Trust & Technology Commission; and  Professor Sonia Livingstone OBE, Professor of Social Psychology in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE.

Listen to Episode 2.9 on Soundcloud


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The Ballpark was produced with help of the LSE’s Annual Fund.  Our theme tune is by Ranger and the “Re-Arrangers”, a Seattle based gypsy jazz band.

Further reading:

  • The LSE Truth, Trust and Technology Commission (T3) deals with the crisis in public information.We seek to identify current trends, policy and strategy opportunities which provide ideas for solving the pressing challenges caused by online misinformation.

Featured image: truth by Jason Taellious is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Note:  This podcast gives the views of the interviews and co-hosts, and is not the position of USAPP – American Politics and Policy, the LSE US Centre, nor the London School of Economics.

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