Evaluating the Challenge of ‘Fake News’ and Other Malinformation

Encompassed by the disputed term ‘fake news’, overtly or covertly biased, skewed, or falsified reports claiming to present factual information present a critical challenge to the effective dissemination of news and information across society. This project conducts a systematic, large-scale, mixed-methods analysis of empirical evidence on the dissemination of, engagement with, and impact of ‘fake news’ and other malinformation in public debate, in Australia and beyond. It takes a triangulated approach, combining computational big data analytics with deep forensic analysis, to reveal the complex ‘fake news’ ecosystem, replace ‘fake news’ with more precise terminology, and provide recommendations for policy responses based on robust evidence.


DMRC research program

This project contributes to the research within the following DMRC research program:

Digital Publics


Project team


Project funding

  • ARC Discovery Project (2020 – 2022)

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