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Prizes for the best conference posters on fake news – deadline 2 September (honestly)

28 August 2018

The best two posters our Wessex Branch’s military conference, as chosen by an independent panel, will receive cash prizes.

The prizes of £150 and £100 are being given by the sponsors of the conference’s poster session Security Lancaster, Lancaster University.

There is still time to submit a poster – or an oral presentation or workshop – as the closing date for submissions is 2 September 2018.

The conference will consider the broad theme of the psychological impact of misinformation.

Ascertaining what is real and what is false has always been a priority in defence and security. Carl von Clausewitz’s On War was published in 1832 following the Napoleaonic wars and identified a key problem in the ‘uncertainty of all information’.

Similarly, in recent years the civilian world has seen a rise in allegations of ‘fake news’, and the rapid rise of social media has made it increasingly difficult to tell the difference between what is real and what is false, warping perceptions of what is normal in our understanding of the world.

The conference will look at such questions as:

  • How can we spot social media that is presenting information in a misleading way?
  • What are the defence and security challenges in today's information age?
  • How can psychological research and practice support the well-being of those facing misinformation?
  • What is effect of misinformation on decision making?
  • How do we understand risk when we cannot be certain of the information received?

This conference will bring together researchers and practitioners to further understanding of the psychological impact of misinformation and to identify areas of good psychological practice for future research.

The keynote speakers will be Professor Karen Douglas and Professor Rebecca Milne.

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