Category: IDRC Project

BIG READ: Fighting back against the global information disorder

Herman Wasserman writes for Business Live on how the public sphere is being contaminated by rumours, hate and deception. Wasserman notes that we are currently witnessing a global “information disorder”, resulting from the combination of a changing media landscape and a fractious political environment. After two years of the...

Novel study reveals efforts in the Global South to counter the information disorder

From teams of independent fact-checkers in Latin America, to policy makers in Africa and the Middle East, to media education specialists in Asia, organizations and movements in lower- and middle-income countries are rising to combat the problem of so-called “fake news.”    Meeting the Challenges of Information Disorder in the...

Meet the UCT prof fighting fake news on the global frontline

Herman Wasserman is a hunter, but not the sort that carries a rifle. Wasserman has become one of Africa’s foremost fake news hunters. In the age of disinformation, his experience and ethics are increasingly sought after on the continent and beyond. A University of Cape Town professor, with laser-beam...

UCT’s Herman Wasserman leads global study on disinformation

Article by Carla Bernardo Professor Herman Wasserman from the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Centre for Film and Media Studies (CFMS) will embark on an international study on the information disorder in the Global South, with funds of approximately R4.5 million from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). The scoping study aims...