Everything Misinfo Podcast #2 — Dwight Knell

The second episode of the Everything Misinfo Podcast has just been published to Youtube and SoundCloud, so you can watch or listen at your leisure.

This week I spoke with Dwight Knell of MisinfoCon about the upcoming Washington DC event on the 6th and 7th of August, Credibility Coalition, and much more around the complexity of dealing with the major problem that is misinformation.

Please get in touch if you’d like to be a guest in a future episode.

I will get these shows properly registered in the podcast universe so they show up in your podcast apps over the coming weeks. Sorry I haven’t done it yet, but I’ve had some problems with SoundCloud which I haven’t had time to investigate further (either I need to change settings, or I need to pay to host the audio files somewhere more adequately designed to host podcasts.) I might follow Mike’s lead from The Disinformation Age, and set up a Squarespace website which apparently has made it super easy to host and publish podcasts on it. Two birds with one stone that way, since I have also been putting off registering a domain and creating a new website (that all costs money I don’t currently have — I will probably need to set up a patreon account to start covering expenses if things continue to progress and grow.)

Ok, ramble over. If I can line up my next guest in this time frame, I’d love to put out my next episode before Monday night, because after that I will be AFK for a week or so, camping. Otherwise, see you all in August!




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Show Notes:

  • 0:00 — Intro, news and announcements
  • 5:00 — About MisinfoCon
  • 11:15 — How do we make research informed decisions when research is so much slower than the pace of technology advancement?
  • 16:00 — Join the MisinfoCon slack channel by emailing misinfocon at gmail.
  • 17:25 — The risk of making the wrong move, and creating a worse problem than misinformation
  • 22:30 — Is misinformation one of the biggest existential threats to humanity?
  • 25:45 — How do we get everyone to agree on objective facts?
  • 26:45 — Division between ‘best method to progress knowledge’ vs ‘method to inform the public’
  • 28:30 — We have to find common ground. We need to establish civil discourse first.
  • 38:40 — Conspiracy theories existed before the Internet.
  • 46:45 — Fake News has been annexed by the Trump administration
  • 48:35 — What is the Credibility Coalition?
  • 1:01:00 — How do we bring about the change towards increased civility?
  • 1:03:50 — Equal Reality: Diversity and Inclusion Training — https://equalreality.com/
  • 1:05:30 — Closing comments. You can reach Dwight via Twitter @dwightknell or dwight at hackshackers.com