Misinformation, disinformation, and fake news abound and it’s increasingly difficult to know what’s true. Our media environment has become hyperpartisan. Science is conducted by press release. Jevin West is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington. He directs the Center for an Informed Public, whose mission is to resist strategic misinformation, promote an informed society, and strengthen democratic discourse. He is co-author with Carl Bergstrom of “Calling Bullshit,” a book on how to spot and refute misinformation.
Jevin West is an Associate Professor in the Information School at the University of Washington. He co-founded the DataLab and directs the Center for an Informed Public. He studies the Science of Science and worries about the spread of misinformation. His laboratory consists of millions of scholarly papers and the billions of links that connect these papers. He develops knowledge discovery tools to both study and facilitate science. In particular, he is interested in the origin of scholarly disciplines and how sociological and economic factors drive and slow the evolution of science.