Presentation at Rhosygilwen, Pembrokeshire, 2nd April 2018.
Click on the link below to download the paper:
The Post Truth Forum website (www.posttruthforum.org) is a work-in-progress effort to collect and categorise online and in-print resources relating to Post-Truth issues.
A downloadable PDF extracted from the website provides a 33 page digest of some of these resources including quotes and excerpts grouped under broad headings including: Post-Truth Democracy & Free Speech; Propaganda & Misinformation (Foreign, Partisan & Computational); Fact Checking; Journalism; Information Literacy; Monetisation (Fake News, Political Advertising, Personal Tracking Data, Micro-targeting; Unintended Consequences; Personalised Search & The Filter Bubble; Social Media & Social Polarisation; Polarisation & Extremism. For a more in-depth topics and further updates vist the Post Truth Forum website.
This is a brief post to say thank you to all the delegates at SSR@125 and #iskosg2017 who participated in the Post Truth Forum session. I am flying from Chennai to Washington DC to deliver another Post Truth Forum session at the Dublin Core 2017 conference.
All the great solution ideas provided in Chennai will be written up in this blog shortly after the Washington event.
Session 5 of the ISKO UK 2017 conference was titled False Narratives: developing a KO community response to post-truth issues. It comprised three presentations and a panel discussion. Following are summaries of all talks with links to slide decks and audio recordings provided by ISKO UK.
The summaries and audio recordings are created and curated by ISKO UK and available from the side-bar links at http://www.iskouk.org/content/sessions/session-5-false-narratives-developing-ko-community-response-post-truth-issues.
In 2016, two leading Western democracies, the UK and the US, held a referendum and an election that attracted criticism concerning the quality of information available to the voting public. The Internet and social media in particular were key battlegrounds during the 2016 elections. Internet search engines and social media technology companies have radically transformed how people search for information and how information producers feed content to their consumers. Among the unintended consequences of some of these technologies are an increase in political and social polarisation, as well as in the dissemination of false information. These phenomena have been so prominent that the Oxford Dictionary chose ‘post-truth’ as word of the year for 2016. Humanity cannot afford to accept post-truth as the new norm. Post-truth misinformation/disinformation threaten to undermine democratic processes, promote extremism, and destabilise society. These problems must be tackled, and both technological and social solutions are needed. How can the Knowledge Organization community address the challenge?
The expression ‘post-truth’ has been with us for a decade or more. The issue it describes – that there is no such thing as an objective ‘truth’ – has its roots in the centuries-old epistemological problem of knowledge as ‘justified true belief’.
The concept has gained fresh currency in light of the rise of populist political movements between 2015 and 2016. It presents us as information professionals with a central challenge – what should be our ethical response to the idea that there is no ‘truth’ and that data can be applied selectively to legitimise any political assertion?
In her recent address to the American Libraries Association, Hillary Clinton said, “As librarians, you have to be on the frontlines of one of the most important fights we’ve ever faced in the history of our country. The fight to defend truth and reason and evidence and facts.” In this session, CILIP CEO Nick Poole explored the consequences of undermining public trust in evidence, and the need for information professionals to re-state and defend the role of evidence, trust and literacy in information sources. You can read the full text on his blog dedicated to matters of post-truth.
Full Text Transcript: https://www.cilip.org.uk/news/evidence-trust-post-truth-world
‘Fake news’ is not a new concept; it dates back as far as storytelling itself – even Rameses the Great was guilty of it in 1200BC. But the speed and distribution by which false information can be spread has accelerated thanks to lowered cost of publication and distribution via the internet, and the difficulty of regulation. This presentation looks at the journalists’ perspective – and debates the ideas of journalists as purveyors of, and defenders against fake news. It questions whether the debate around fake news could actually prove beneficial for journalists, and how they can work to ensure that audiences become aware which information they can trust, including such innovations such as First Draft, Full Fact and Dminr.
Stella Dextre Clarke (Moderating) – Information Management Consultant, Chair ISKO UK and Vice-president, ISKO plus David Clarke – CEO Synaptica, Nick Poole – CEO CILIP and Dr. Glenda Cooper – Lecturer in journalism at City, University of London.
PostTruthForum.org was released today as a publicly accessible website. It provides a hierarchical menu of Discussion Topics relating to Post-Truth issues. Topics are grouped under headings for Causes, Effects and Solutions. Topics are then linked to Resources & Reference including books, websites, blogs and videos, as well as Webography of online citations and references.
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On Tuesday September 12th the ISKO UK Annual Conference discussed fake news and post-truth issues, including a plenary discussion about Developing a Knowledge Organisation Community Response. This whiteboard captured the main takeaway ideas.
ISKO have recorded the speaker presentations and panel discussion for the Post-Truth session. The recording will be made available at ISKO UK’s website – announcement to follow once it is ready.
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ISKO is the International Society for Knowledge Organization. At the Annual Conference of ISKO UK on September 12th, 2017 I will be joining ISKO’s Vice Chair – Stella Dextre Clarke, CILP’s CEO – Nick Poole, and Dr. Glenda Cooper – Lecturer at City University, London, to discuss how the Knowledge Organization (KO) community can develop a response to post-truth issues.
Session 5: False narratives: developing a KO community response to post-truth issues
Location: Theatre Chair: Stella Dextre Clarke
Conference details at:
To download a PDF slide deck of the presentation click on the following link or image:
Post-truth is a cultural phenomenon where objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief. In a post-truth culture people assert and defend their opinions without regard to facts or logic. In a post-truth culture consumers of information may also choose to suspend judgement about the authenticity or credibility of information, provided that it supports their existing beliefs. Post-truth culture is different from a culture in which alternative opinions about what is true are contested; it is a culture that has ceased to value truth itself.
Please watch my explainer video to get a quick overview of some of the issues surrounding post-truth.
Post-truth issues have both societal and technological causes and effects. Evidence suggests that developments in the way Internet technology is used, particularly social media and search personalisation, are responsible for an explosion of post-truth phenomena. The effects of post-truth phenomena on society are profoundly harmful; they include political polarisation, extremism, social divisiveness, electoral interference and the destabilisation of democratic processes.
Causes, effects, trends and solutions will be discussed in subsequent posts.