50:209:110 Truth and Lies in the Digital World (Fall 2019)
[Photo Credit: "Ceci est une fake news" by Hrag Vartanian]
This course addresses the problem of misinformation, propaganda, and verifying truth in digital environments. It introduces students to how multiple fields and disciplines approach these ethical problems, the historical roots of these questions, the unique challenges introduced by digital environments, and strategies for evaluating information and its sources. The course will address the ethical obligations of those who create and distribute information as well as the obligations of those consuming and sharing information. While the course addresses the challenges of verifying information in digital environments, it also aims to provide historical context for this set of problems.