29 Apr 2022
A Week of Meetings with Science
From 26 to 29 April, the CICAP Fest Edu presents a series of streaming meetings aimed at students and teachers. All classes and teachers will be able to register for their chosen meetings and connect for free to follow them in streaming.
Online seminar (Free / In Italian):
WHY DO WE BELIEVE IT? Between information and disinformation
Asst Prof Fabiana Zollo (@zollofab)
We live in a hyper-connected world and in recent years the way we inform ourselves has undergone significant changes, generating a real paradigm shift compared to the past.
This context has certainly contributed to exacerbating the phenomenon of mass digital disinformation, which since 2013 is now considered by the World Economic Forum to be among the most dangerous geopolitical risks of our time.
In this meeting we will use the traces left online by millions of users to quantitatively study the so-called echo chambers, polarized groups of individuals united by a similar vision of the world.
We will analyze the role of confirmation bias in the dissemination of information and the social and “emotional” dynamics that characterize digital information spaces.
We will also focus on the dynamics of information dissemination on a global scale and in relation to issues of socio-political importance, highlighting the key role played by polarization in information mechanics, and trying to understand and map the increasingly complex environment in which we live.