Mike Caulfield's latest web incarnation. Networked Learning, Open Education, and Digital Polarization

Control-F and Building Resilient Information Networks

In the misinformation field there’s often a weird dynamic between the short-term and long-term gains folks. Maybe I don’t go to the right meetings, but my guess is if you went to a conference on structural racism and talked about a redesigning the mortgage interest deduction in a way that was built to specifically build … Continue reading Control-F and Building Resilient Information Networks

Mon, 27 Jan 2020 00:52:30 +0000

Memorizing Lists of Cognitive Biases Won’t Help

From the Twitters, by me. What’s the cognitive bias that explains why someone would think having a list of 200 cognitive biases bookmarked would make them any better at thinking? (It literally says it’s “to help you remember” 200+ biases. Two hundred! LOL, critical thinking boosters are hilarious)  I should be clear — biases are … Continue reading Memorizing Lists of Cognitive Biases Won’t Help

Fri, 03 Jan 2020 19:31:26 +0000

The Stigmergic Myth of Social Media, or Why Thinking About Radicalization Without Thinking About Radicalizers Doesn’t Work.

One of the founding myths of internet culture, and particularly web culture, is the principle of stigmergy. This will sound weird, but stigmergy is about ant behavior. Basically, ants do various things to try to accomplish objectives (e.g. get food to nest) but rather than a command and control structure to coordinate they use pheromones, … Continue reading The Stigmergic Myth of Social Media, or Why Thinking About Radicalization Without Thinking About Radicalizers Doesn’t Work.

Wed, 01 Jan 2020 22:04:29 +0000

A New Year’s Eve Activity (and a New Year’s Day Wish)

I made a short video showing a New Year’s Eve Activity around SIFT, and getting serious for a minute with a New Year’s Day wish. I don’t know how many people know this about me, but I actually study misinfo/disinfo pretty deeply, outside of my short videos on how to do quick checks. If anything, … Continue reading A New Year’s Eve Activity (and a New Year’s Day Wish)

Wed, 01 Jan 2020 18:38:43 +0000

Chatham House Sharing for OER

I’ve noted a new need in my open education work that isn’t supported by many tools and not found in any licenses. I’m going to call it “Chatham House Sharing” For those that don’t know, the Chatham House Rules are a set of rules traditionally used in association with reporters covering an event, but more … Continue reading Chatham House Sharing for OER

Fri, 20 Dec 2019 00:07:37 +0000

Walkthrough for Windows App

Back in January I started working on a web-based application to help teachers and others make fact-checking infographics as part of a Misinformation Solutions Forum prize from RTI International and Rita Allen. I got it to work, but as we tried to scale it out we found it had Security concerns (too much potential for … Continue reading Walkthrough for Windows App

Wed, 27 Nov 2019 20:00:18 +0000

Microtargeted Political Ads are the Tranched Subprime Mortgages of Democracy

One of the problems with microtargeted ads, and a way I’ve been thinking about them recently, is they resemble the tranched subprime mortgages that brought about the financial crash. Others have talked about this in the context of the digital ad market as a whole. The allure of digital ads was that you would finally … Continue reading Microtargeted Political Ads are the Tranched Subprime Mortgages of Democracy

Mon, 11 Nov 2019 01:07:02 +0000

It’s not the claim, it’s the frame

Putting a couple notes from Twitter here. One of the ideas of SIFT as a methodology (and of SHEG’s “lateral reading” as well) is that before one reads a person must construct a context for reading. On the web that’s particularly important, because the rumor dynamics of the web tend to level and sharpen material … Continue reading It’s not the claim, it’s the frame

Thu, 03 Oct 2019 16:19:55 +0000

The CBC Infolit Bot May Make People Worse at the Web

I signed up for the CBC Chatbot that teaches you about misinformation. The interface was surprisingly nice — it felt less overwhelming than the typical course stuff I work with. So kudos on that. On the down side it’s likely to make people worse, not better, at spotting dodgy Facebook pages. Why? Because — like … Continue reading The CBC Infolit Bot May Make People Worse at the Web

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 17:46:29 +0000

9 Comments on “Doorbell Video” and Traditional News

Years ago when I was a online political community admin, a member of our community invented a form of blog post to spawn discussion that was less about capturing fully formed thoughts and more about opening questions. He called it nine comments, and it was (I think) one of the best innovations of Blue Hampshire … Continue reading 9 Comments on “Doorbell Video” and Traditional News

Fri, 06 Sep 2019 19:55:32 +0000

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