Prof Phil Howard & Nicola Aitken in conversation: "Lie machines: misinformation from in a Post-Covid world"

07 July 2020

Portrait of Professor Philip Howard

with Professor Philip Howard
Professor of Internet Studies

Philip N. Howard is Professor of Internet Studies and Director at the Oxford Internet Institute and Balliol College at the University of Oxford. He has courtesy appointments as a professor at the University of Washington’s Department of Communication...

In the age of Covid-19, the lie machine is working to undermine trust in institutions like the World Health Organization, pushing a narrative that scientists and experts should not be trusted. And this has worrying implications for global health.

Watch as Professor Phil Howard, author of Lie Machines: How to Save Democracy from Troll Armies, Deceitful Robots, Junk News Operations, and Political Operatives and Nicola Aitken, Policy Manger at Full Fact, discuss the implications, power and effectiveness of these lie machines and how we can utilise them or shut them down.