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Session 5: False Narratives: developing a KO community response to post-truth issues

Fake news… Misinformation… Disinformation… Propaganda… Social media echo chambers… in a post-truth world they are all around us, but should we be worried? According to some analyses, fake news may not have had that much impact on events such as the 2016 US presidential election. Dave Clarke, whose inspiration led to this session, acknowledges the threat of fake news but feels we should worry more about self-induced bias coming via personalized feeds from our internet browsers. He has been urging ISKO UK to provide a forum for the discussion and application of knowledge organization techniques to the post-truth challenges.
 
In Session 5 of the ISKO UK 2017 conference, three speakers set the scene for us:
 
David Clarke presented a thoroughly researched overview of the post-truth landscape, backed up by the slides and “post-truth fake news explainer” you can find via the links on the conference website;
 
Nick Poole, who as CEO of CILIP has been leading a “Facts Matter” campaign in the UK, emphasized the responsibility of librarians and information professionals to re-state and defend the role of evidence, trust and literacy in information sources;
 
Glenda Cooper, from City University, noted the role of journalists in addressing the speed with which false information can be spread worldwide, accelerated by lowered cost of electronic publication and the difficulty of regulation.
 
Moderating the session, Stella Dextre Clarke invited the audience to share ideas on how the knowledge organizing profession should respond. Is the spread of false information a subject we should study and analyse in depth, and/or is it a phenomenon we should combat; if the latter, how to go about it? Click here for details of the panel discussion, and a link to the audio recording. 
 
Session Times: 
2017-09-12 08:00 to 09:30
Session Room: 
Theatre
Session Chair: 
Stella Dextre Clarke