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[Commlist] IJoC Publishes a Special Section on Comparative Approaches to Mis/Disinformation

Thu Feb 18 03:33:04 GMT 2021

International Journal of Communication Publishes a Special Section on
Comparative Approaches to Mis/Disinformation

Guest-edited by Hyunjin Seo and Robert Faris, this Special Section on
Comparative Approaches to Mis/Disinformation addresses how a deluge of
mis/disinformation is affecting communications around the world, from
misleading news stories around the 2018 Brazil elections to a lynching
fueled by false social media messages in India in 2019. The situation is
particularly concerning in emerging democracies, where availability and
affordability of digital communication technologies has facilitated the
production and distribution of false and misleading digital content among
populations with lower levels of media and digital literacy. At the same
time, we are witnessing false narratives spreading across countries and
platforms often orchestrated by networks of operatives coordinating attacks
internationally. While there are an increasing number of academic papers on the topic of
mis/disinformation, insufficient attention has been paid to the examination
of mis/disinformation from comparative and international perspectives. This
Special Section on Comparative Approaches to Mis/Disinformation features
conceptual and data-informed papers with international and global
perspectives on the prevalence, impact, and diffusion of mis/disinformation
in different countries. Papers selected for the Special Section provide new theoretical and
empirical contributions to existing bodies of knowledge, whether focusing on
one country or offering comparative perspectives involving multiple
countries. The papers, individually and collectively, offer important
scholarly and policy implications for studying and combating
mis/disinformation around the world. We invite you to read these articles published in the International Journal
of Communication on February 16, 2021. Please log into to read the
papers of interest. We look forward to your feedback! _________________________________________________
 Special Section on Comparative Approaches to Mis/Disinformation —
Introduction Hyunjin Seo, Robert Faris

Electronic Armies or Cyber Knights? The Sources of Pro-Authoritarian
Discourse on Middle East Twitter Alexi Abrahams, Andrew Leber

Motivations for Sharing Misinformation: A Comparative Study in Six
Sub-Saharan African Countries Dani Madrid-Morales, Herman Wasserman, Gregory Gondwe, Khulekani Ndlovu,
Etse Sikanku, Melissa Tully, Emeka Umejei, Chikezie Uzuegbunam
When Machine Behavior Targets Future Voters: The Use of Social Bots to Test
Narratives for Political Campaigns in Brazil
Rose Marie Santini, Débora Salles, Giulia Tucci
 Fighting Zika with Honey: An Analysis of YouTube’s Video Recommendations
on Brazilian YouTube
Jonas Kaiser, Adrian Rauchfleisch, Yasodara Córdova
 Belief in or Identification of False News According to the Elaboration
Likelihood Model  Chi-Ying Chen, Mike Kearney, Shao-Liang Chang

Selective Belief: How Partisanship Drives Belief in Misinformation Taberez Ahmed Neyazi, Burhanuddin Muhtadi
     Larry Gross, Editor
Arlene Luck, Founding Managing Editor  Kady Bell-Garcia, Managing Editor
Kasia Anderson, Managing Editor, Special Sections Hyunjin Seo and Robert Faris, Guest Editors According to the latest statistics from Google Scholar, IJoC ranks 3rd among
all Humanities, Literature & Arts journals, and 5th among all Communication
International Journal of Communication (IJoC)
USC Annenberg Press
University of Southern California
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