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Friday, 28 Apr 2017

Academic Seminar: Communicating risk and threat in the age of "fake news" and information overload

On 18 May 2017 PRIO will organize an academic seminar on communicating risk and threat in the age of "fake news" and information overload.

Public communication about risk and in crises has always been a sensitive task. Two features of the current information and media landscape are now converging to making this even more challenging: first, the speed at which information is circulated, through instant news media and social media, as well as smart phones -the devices through which we receive, follow, share and even contribute to reporting and creating this news. Secondly, the risk and uncertainty produced by the circulation of potentially false information.

Misinformation distorts the public communication, and it particularly powerful because our digital ecosystem has evolved into an almost perfect environment for fake news. Although incorrect or completely untrue stories are revealed as such, harm may have been done when such news is circulated worldwide and finds its way into digital 'echo-chambers'.

How does this affect various forms of communication about risk and threats in our societies: how are they formulated, communicated and spread – and by whom?

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DIGICOM End-User Seminar 19 May 2017
Monday, 24 Apr 2017

DIGICOM End-User Seminar 19 May 2017

The politics of threat and risk communication

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Call for Applications: PhD Course on Societal Security
Friday, 15 Jan 2016

Call for Applications: PhD Course on Societal Security

A course organised by the Research School on Peace and Conflict and the SOURCE Societal Security Network

The Research School on Peace and Conflict invites applications for the course Societal security in Europe – a reassessment, 29 February – 2 March 2016. The deadline for applications is 20 January 2016.

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Thursday, 12 Nov 2015

Lessons from Norwegian Emergency Authorities' Use of Social Media

Policy Brief I of the DIGICOM project

Joel Rasmussen and Øyvind Ihlen, both at University of Oslo, present the first Digicom policy brief, based on their research findings in the project.

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Thursday, 12 Nov 2015

Breakfast Briefing II: Digital Communication and Risk in the 'Refugee Crisis'

Citizens' initiatives and the communication strategies of public authorities

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