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New research project on misinformation, science, and media

Dr Rasmus Kleis Nielsen

Director of Research

A new research supported by the Oxford Martin School and involving the Oxford Internet Institute and the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism will examine the interplay between misinformation campaigns, news coverage, and platform companies in public understanding of science and technological innovation.

The project will involve a team of researchers, external collaborators, and the two principal investigators, Professor Philip N. Howard from the Oxford Internet Institute and Professor Rasmus Kleis Nielsen from the Reuters Institute.

Initially, the project will run for three years funded by the Oxford Martin School and anchored at the Oxford Internet Institute and the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.

The aim is to increase our understanding of how misinformation campaigns, “junk science”, and false news in influencing—or even undermining—public understanding of scientific issues and develop evidence-based recommendations for scientists, journalists, and policymakers interested in effective science communication and public understanding in the 21st century.

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