‘Fake news, reliability & questioning’ – Monica Bulger keynotes ER&L 2017 in Austin on 4/5

Today, ER&L announces the closing keynote for the 2017 Electronic Resources and Libraries Conference, ER&L 2017 in Austin, Texas, April 2-5, 2-17. Bonnie Tijerina, ER&L’s conference coordinator and Elizabeth Winter, ER&L’s program planning chair encourage you to join us for this keynote presented by Dr. Monica Bulger entitled, “Fake news, reliability & questioning: A researcher’s struggle to navigate the new information landscape.”

In the past year, we’ve gotten a crash course in ‘fake news,’ ‘alternative facts,’ disinformation, confusion, propaganda, and media overwhelm. This isn’t just a philosophical issue for us, but one that strikes at the core of what we do. How does this affect our daily work as curators and creators of information? As a veteran researcher, I’m facing new challenges in my information search and evaluation processes. There are twin feelings of overwhelm and urgency given the rapidity with which stories seem to surface and fade, and the sheer volume of what seem to be very critical stories emerging daily. At the same time, emerging news is often difficult to triangulate and I sometimes find myself reading sources with which I’m unfamiliar and not trusting that a story getting picked up by mainstream news is verification of its reliability. In this presentation, I will share the challenges of developing and publishing research across different frequencies: Twitter, bi-weekly newsletter, blogging, policy briefs, academic journals. I will discuss the evolving information landscape and its impacts on information collection, vetting, and sense-making.

Dr. Monica Bulger leads the Enabling Connected Learning initiative at the Data & Society Research Institute where she studies issues of student data privacy, equity, and media manipulation. She co-authors the bi-weekly Student Data Privacy, Equity and Digital Literacy newsletter in collaboration with the Youth and Media team at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. She serves on the International Advisory Boards for Global Kids OnlineBetter Internet for Kids Policy Mapping, and the International Child Redress Project. A 2014-2015 Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, she is a Research Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute and a fellow of Fundación Ceibal studying impacts of educational technologies on children’s everyday experiences. Monica has contributed policy research to UNICEFEU Kids Online, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the European Commission. She holds a PhD in Education with an emphasis in cognitive science and social dimensions of technology.

Monica’s talk will be on Wednesday April 5, 2017 at 11:30 Eastern/ 8:30am Pacific. A free stream will be available for this closing keynote presentation.

If you’re attending ER&L 2017 online or in Austin, add this to your schedule here.