Fake news has increasingly received attention in the past two years. In this talk Danie Stockmann will explore the concept of fake news focusing on ways in which information is misrepresented in the digital realm and what may or may not be specific about fake news in the digital age. She will also explore the approaches that have emerged worldwide towards dealing with fake news. Examples will be given from Europe and the United States.
is Professor of Digital Politics and Media at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany. Before joining the Hertie School faculty, she was Associate Professor of Political Science at Leiden University in the Netherlands. She received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2007) and an MA in Chinese Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London (2001), UK. Her research interests include comparative politics, public opinion and communication, research design, and more recently digital methods, big data, and data science as an emerging field. Danie's research has been published in Comparative Political Studies, Political Psychology, Political Communication, the China Quarterly, the Journal of Contemporary China
, and other journals and edited volumes. Her book, Media Commercialization and Authoritarian Rule in China
(Cambridge University Press, 2013) has received the 2015 Goldsmith Book Prize for best academic book on media, politics, and public affairs by the Shorenstein Centre at Harvard University. Her current research project, funded by a Starting Grant of the European Research Council (ERC), explores the impact of technological design of social media platforms on user behavior.