Health Discourse Research Initiative
MEAG partnered with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to conduct and promote research about mis/disinformation in global health. The main goal of the project is to achieve an improved knowledge of the range, dynamics and impact of mis/disinformation in global health, while also facilitating the transfer of knowledge, methods, and skills from cutting-edge research on digital media ecosystems into the field of global health. MEAG worked with a network of academics and research groups to design and conduct research relevant to the project's goals.
MEAG partnered with researchers at several academic institutions to facilitate the production of research on mis/disinformation through funding, data, and collaboration.
Media Ecosystems Analysis Group
The MEAG team has provided support to our partners as they developed their research ideas, tested new methodologies to identify news influencers and explored new topics using the Media Cloud set of tools.
University of Massachusetts Amherst
The team led by Jonathan Corpus Ong, Associate Professor of Global Digital Media, conducted research on social media influencers in three countries: Indonesia, Turkey, and the Philippines.
Università di Urbino Carlo Bo
The team lead by Professor Fabio Giglietto worked to identify coordinated link-sharing networks on Facebook. The research used the CooRnet package on CrowdTangle data, and focused on health information in Nigeria and India.
Gianluca Stringhini and his team have been researching the use of manipulated imagery to spread health misinformation, applying perceptual hashing techniques to automatically identify similar images on social media and using Hawkes processes to highlight influential communities making these images viral.
Jeremy Blackburn’s team has explored the vulnerabilities of open scientific discourse and employed computer science methods to identify and describe sharing patterns of scientific pre-prints across social media spaces.
Shorenstein Center, Harvard University
Our partners at the Shorenstein Center have expanded their collection of case studies focused on medical disinformation, studied the relationship between vaccine hesitancy and infertility arguments, and researched some of the missing dimensions of current research on mis/disinformation.
S. B. Yudhoatmojo, E. De Cristofaro, J. Blackburn (Binghamton University)
Understanding the Use of e-Prints on Reddit and 4chan
How are scientific pre-prints being used to drive conversations on social media?
J. Nielsen (Shorenstein Center)
Ebola and the US Border: Spreading virus rumors to build the wall
Using rumors about infectious diseases for political gain