Category: Our Research

Herman Wasserman to hold lecture on Information Disorder at University of Houston

Herman Wasserman will be holding a lecture on information disorder at the Valenti School of Communication at the University of Houston. The event will be both in-person and streamed online, live stream tickets are available online. The event details are as follows: Event Name: Information Disorder: Perspectives from the Global...

Who is Responsible for Stopping the Spread of Misinformation? Examining Audience Perceptions of Responsibilities and Responses in Six Sub-Saharan African Countries

Herman Wasserman and Dani Madrid-Morales co-author a new paper titled “Who is Responsible for Stopping the Spread of Misinformation? Examining Audience Perceptions of Responsibilities and Responses in Six Sub-Saharan African Countries. This paper is authored alongside Melissa Tully, Gregory Gondwe and Kiko Ireri. While research on misinformation in Africa has...

South African government’s handling of COVID-19: study shows declining trust

Some of the first South African COVID-19 vaccine trial volunteers at the Baragwanath hospital in Soweto, in 2020. EPA-EFE/Siphiwe Sibeko (Pool) Herman Wasserman, University of Cape Town and Dani Madrid-Morales, University of Houston The public has been overwhelmed by a surge in misleading and false information during the COVID-19...

Herman Wasserman Presents on Emerging Trends and Impacts of Disinformation in Africa to UNDP

Herman Wasserman recently gave a presentation on “Emerging Trends and impacts of Disinformation in Africa” to the Oslo Governance United Nations Development Programme. The presentation provided a general overview of the issue of disinformation in the region, trends emerging from his and Dani Madrid-Morales’ research and possible interventions to counter...

Herman Wasserman to Present at Countering Vaccine Hesitancy Conference

Herman Wasserman will give a presentation on how to tackle disinformation around Covid-19 vaccines to an international meeting of Academies of Science. The conference, ‘‘Countering Vaccine Hesitancy’, is hosted by the Interacademy Partnership and will highlight how academies – as trusted and credible voices – can counter vaccine hesitancy,...

Motivations for Sharing Misinformation: Study explores factors for sharing misinformation in six sub-Saharan African countries

In most African countries, “fake news,” politically motivated disinformation, and misinformation in the media were common occurrences before these became a preoccupation in the Global North. However, with a fast-growing population of mobile users, and the popularization of apps such as WhatsApp, misinformation has become much more pervasive across...