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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...

Cultural factors are behind disinformation pandemic: why this matters

To contain and mitigate the virus of misinformation needs multi-levelled, socio-cultural approaches. GettyImages Herman Wasserman, University of Cape Town The prevalence of disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic has prompted Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) to warn that: We’re not just fighting an epidemic;...

Working on a New Book on False News in the Global South

The lead researchers of the Misinformation, Disinformation & False News Research Project, Herman Wasserman and Dani Madridd-Morales, are working on an edited volume titled Rumors, false news and disinformation in the Global South. It will be published by Wiley, and it is expected to come out in early 2021....