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A Field Guide to Fake News: A Collection of Recipes for Those Who Love to Cook with Digital Methods (Chapters 1-3)

Public Data Lab, Research Report, 2017

64 Pages Posted: 24 Aug 2017 Last revised: 27 Sep 2017

Liliana Bounegru

Ghent University; University of Groningen; Digital Methods Initiative

Jonathan Gray

King's College London

Tommaso Venturini

médialab Sciences Po; French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation; Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) de Lyon

Michele Mauri

Polytechnic University of Milan - Density Design

Date Written: April 7, 2017

Abstract

The Field Guide to Fake News explores the use of digital methods to trace the production, circulation and reception of "fake news" online. This document is a sample comprising of the first three chapters of the field guide. These chapters cover recipes for tracing the circulation of "fake news" on Facebook and the web, as well as its tracker signatures and techno-commercial underpinnings. Further chapters on how to map and investigate memes as vectors of "post-truth" politics and political trolling will be released in the coming months. The field guide is a project of the Public Data Lab with support from First Draft and has been produced through a series of "data sprints" and research workshops in Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Milan.

Keywords: fake news, post-truth, online misinformation, digital methods, digital sociology, internet studies, meme studies, trolling practices

Suggested Citation

Bounegru, Liliana and Gray, Jonathan and Venturini, Tommaso and Mauri, Michele, A Field Guide to Fake News: A Collection of Recipes for Those Who Love to Cook with Digital Methods (Chapters 1-3) (April 7, 2017). Public Data Lab, Research Report, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3024202

Liliana Bounegru (Contact Author)

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Jonathan Gray

King's College London ( email )

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Tommaso Venturini

médialab Sciences Po ( email )

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Michele Mauri

Polytechnic University of Milan - Density Design ( email )

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Milan, Milano 20100
Italy

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