As QAnon Draws New Believers, Scientists Take Aim at a Misinformation Pandemic

In Newsweek

A cadre of scientists are at the forefront of efforts to map QAnon and understand how it works.

From my cover story in the Oct. 23, 2020, issue of Newsweek

The explosion of disinformation that has upended American life and now threatens its democratic institutions has given rise to a new branch of science called “infodemiology.” Inspired by epidemiology, the study of how diseases spread through a population, infodemiology seeks to understand how misinformation and conspiracy theories spread like a disease through a free-wheeling democracy like America’s, with the ultimate goal of understanding how to stem its spread….Read more

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