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Information Quality

The Information Quality Project builds upon numerous publications, including the 2012 report, "Youth and Digital Media: From Credibility to Information Quality", and aims to develop a theory of information quality that reflects fundamental shifts in the information ecosystem in the age of digital media. Led by Executive Director Urs Gasser and conducted in close collaboration with Berkman Fellow Sandra Cortesi, HLS Research Librarian and Curriculum Specialist June Casey, and Project Coordinator Alicia Solow-Niederman, this project examines the history, contexts, perspectives, intervention tools, coping mechanisms, challenges, and implications of this fundamental shift. Topics will have a cross-sectional and synthesizing quality, and special attention will be paid to the complex interplay of law, norms, technology, and markets. The project will build upon relevant Berkman work developed in the context of the Youth and Media Project, the March 2012 Truthiness in Digital Media symposium, and a host of other examples; it will also seek to leverage the Center's existing network of  experts and institutional partners with overlapping interests and expertise. Over time, the effort will put forth a number of different outputs and focal points, such as case studies, blogposts, podcast interviews, an online repository of resources, and a University Press book.

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Mar 6, 2012 @ 9:00 AM

Truthiness in Digital Media

a symposium that seeks to understand and address propaganda and misinformation in the new media ecosystem

As the networked media environment increasingly permeates private and public life, driven in part by the rapid and extensive travels of news, information and commentary, our…

Feb 24, 2012

RB 191: Quality Control

When the net competes with family, friends, school, and mass media, how do kids tell truth from the garbage? Researchers here at the Berkman Center sought to find out, and came…

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Robert Faris


Colin Maclay

Faculty Associate

Urs Gasser