The Information Ecosystems (InfEco) Lab studies how individuals engage on social media and the effects on the broader information ecosystem. Research carried out at the InfEco Lab centers on three areas: developing technology to make this online environment more informative, especially during crises and disruption; studying factors of information quality and methods to reduce misinformation and bias; and building online spaces that are more resilient to disinformation and manipulation. Recent journal publications include a Science Advances article on automated methods for detecting misinformation campaigns, an article on cross-platform, quality-improving effects of YouTube’s recommendation systems, and the identification of relevant and critical social media content during the COVID-19 pandemic. This research has received international coverage by the Washington Post, WIRED, Business Insider and NBC New York, among other sources.
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