False information deliberately and often covertly spread (as by the planting of rumours) in order to influence public opinion or obscure the truth.
The Mosaic Project is the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Idea’s efforts to help tackle online disinformation.
Online disinformation is a complex, global problem. To tackle this issue, JNI believes it is important to bring together experts, interested parties and industry to work together.
There is no one-size fits all solution to online, so each initiative, and what each partner brings to that initiative, will be of a different size and shape depending on the project requirement.
Mosaic was one of, if not, the first web browser to display images directly inside the browser, revolutionising and popularising the internet with and for consumers.
Australian federal election 2022
JNI has brought together
Using both manual and automated tools and techniques, the RMIT FactLab will monitor, track and trace the velocity and spread of disinformation campaigns targeting Australian voters on social media during the election campaign.
Real time monitoring and debunking
Utilising The Beam technology developed by ISD and CASM, winner of the 2021 US-Paris Tech Prize for innovative responses to disinformation, RMIT FactLab will monitor and map harmful disinformation as it travels across social platforms in real time.
Manual track and trace
A dedicated unit at RMIT FactLab will monitor MPs, political actors from Australia and overseas, extremist groups, and others to identify and debunk misinformation in almost real time.
Stopping disinformation and misinformation
Once a disinformation campaign or item is identified, understood to be gaining traction on social media, and is debunked, RMIT FactLab will provide open-source updates to media, digital platforms and relevant officials. Sign up here. In addition a blog with live updates will be available here.