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Fake news and pseudo-science as post-modern mythology: The case of the anti-vaccination movement

Project description

The health effects of fake news

The debate on vaccines’ role in health and disease is a rowdy one. And it’s becoming even louder today with a growing number of parents questioning the benefits of vaccination and whether they indeed outweigh the risks. Much of this uncertainty stems from fake news – unverified health information – that has proliferated online in recent years. The EU-funded FAKEOLOGY project is studying how pseudo-scientific news is disseminated online and how it affects people’s perception, thinking and behaviour. The project will combine science communication with new media analytics technologies to develop an analytic digital tool to help blow the whistle on the intentional disinformation online.

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-IF-2018
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITAT ZURICH
Address
Ramistrasse 71
8006 Zurich
Switzerland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 278 840,64

Partners (1)

MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
United States
Address
Massachusetts Avenue 77
02139 Cambridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments