Giving People the Tools to Spot Misinformation Online


Seattle Times political reporter, Jim Brunner, covers digital "deepfakes" - fabricated videos so realistic they can put words in the mouths of politicians or anyone else that they never said.

A new University of Washington initiative aims to combat the wave of increasingly sophisticated digital counterfeiting and misinformation coursing through social media and give the public tools to sort fact from fakery.

The Center for an Informed Public (CIP) has been seeded with $5 million from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, part of a $50 million round of grants awarded this year to 11 U.S. universities and research institutions to study how technology is transforming democracy. The mission is to use the new research to help everyone vulnerable to being fooled by online manipulation.

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