2019 seminar series
Digital Politics
The weaponisation of fake news in Australia in the digital age

The weaponisation of fake news in Australia in the digital age

This event was streamed live on Wednesday 9 October as part of the Digital Politics seminars series.

'Fake news' has become a global term since Donald Trump's candidacy to become President of the United States. In this seminar, Dr Andrea Carson outlined how Australian politicians have adopted a fake news discourse. The discussion expanded understandings of 'fake news' to incorporate its deployment during an election contest and considered how to deal with the weaponization of fake news in the digital age.

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Associate Professor Andrea Carson

Dr Andrea Carson (@andrea_carson)
La Trobe University

Andrea Carson is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics, Media and Philosophy at La Trobe University. Her research examines politics and the media - with special interests in digital media, investigative journalism and the media's role in a democracy and political communication. She has done extensive research on journalism, Australian politics, party representation, election campaigns and digital media. Andrea holds a PhD in Political Science and an MA in International Politics from the University of Melbourne. She has taught courses on political communication, news media and politics and campaigns and elections. She has worked previously as a print journalist (The Age), online, radio (ABC, RRR) and TV (producer 7.30).

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