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Sorting Fact From Fiction: The Truth is Out There

Start Date:10/24/2020

Start Time:11:00 AM PDT

Duration:60 minutes


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Fact Checking Tips and Resources

This live event has now ended, but you may still register to receive an email with a link to view the on-demand recording until January 24, 2021.

Join us for this roundtable discussion with experts Jevin West, director of the non-partisan Center for an Informed Public at the University of Washington, and David Mikkelson, the founder of Jevin and David will provide a detailed look at the history and current state of misinformation and will equip you with the tools and resources you need to distinguish fact from fiction. Learn how to determine if the sources you’re using are reputable, how to report misleading information and scams, how to best approach friends or family who have shared inaccurate content, and much more.

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Doug Shadel

State Director

AARP Washington

Doug Shadel is the State Director for AARP Washington and serves as the lead fraud researcher for AARP's Fraud Watch Network. He is a former fraud investigator who has co-authored numerous studies and books that profile victims and the tactics used by scammers including Outsmarting the Scam Artists, Weapons of Fraud and Schemes and Scams. Shadel has served as an expert witness in federal criminal fraud trials and on the advisory council for Stanford University’s Financial Fraud Research Center. He has also testified before Congress about the rise of fraud in the US and he writes a regular column for AARP the Magazine.

Jevin West

Director, Non-Partisan Center for an Informed Public

University of Washington

Jevin West is an Associate Professor in the Information School at the University of Washington. He is the co-founder of the DataLab and the Director of the new Center for an Informed Public at UW. His research and teaching focus on the impact of technology on science and society, with a focus on slowing the spread of misinformation. He co-developed a course, Calling BS, that teaches students how to combat misinformation wrapped in data, figures, and statistics. He is also the co-author of the book, “Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World.”

David Mikkelson


David Mikkelson founded the site now known as back in 1994 as a creative outgrowth of his wide-ranging interests in a variety of subjects and his professional expertise in the computer industry. Handling everything from researching and writing articles about urban legends to managing the site’s technical infrastructure, David saw quickly become the go-to place for Internet users to query about anything questionable they encountered online, establishing it as the oldest and best known online fact-checking outlet operating today. David’s educational background includes a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Texas (San Antonio) and about a zillion course hours of post-graduate classes at California State University Northridge taken with no particular degree program in mind.
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