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Misinformation, Disinformation, Fake News, and Algorithms: Finding Out What’s What

About Algorithms

Code-Dependent: Pros and Cons of the Algorithm Age,” Pew Research Center

“Algorithms are aimed at optimizing everything. They can save lives, make things easier and conquer chaos. Still, experts worry they can also put too much control in the hands of corporations and governments, perpetuate bias, create filter bubbles, cut choices, creativity and serendipity, and could result in greater unemployment.”

Information Literacy in the Age of Algorithms, Project information Literacy Research Study         

Qualitative findings from 16 focus groups with 103 undergraduates and interviews with 37 faculty members from eight U.S. colleges and universities [including Grinnell College].  Study includes four takeaways and four recommendations. Winner of ACRL’s Ilene F. Rockman Instruction Publication of the Year Award, 2021. Interview with the co-authors here.