Dr. Kate Starbird
Dr. Kate Starbird

Residents are invited to register now for the next Queen Anne Community Engagement Initiative presentation, which will be presented virtually at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 through Zoom.

To get the Zoom link to attend, people should register through SignUp, https://signup.com/go/FQQCqgW.

The event will feature professor Kate Starbird, who will speak about the “proliferation of misinformation and disinformation in communications during crisis events,” according to an announcement.

“We think this is a very interesting topic and very timely,” event organizer Paula Mueller said. “A great deal of misinformation gets floated about on social media.”

Mueller said when people are not diligent about fact checking sources online, they may be sharing misinformation without intending to.

“These things take on the perception of the truth because they’re repeated so often,” she said.

She said the presentation is especially pertinent because of the general election coming up in November.

According to the announcement, Starbird is an associate professor at the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington. Her research involves “the emerging field of crisis informatics — the study of the how social media and other information-communication technologies are used during crisis events,” according to the release.

Currently, her work focuses on the production and spread of online rumors, misinformation and disinformation in the context of crisis events.

According to her biography, Starbird received her PhD in technology, media and society from the University of Colorado in 2012. In 2019, she co-founded the UW Center for an Informed Public.

To listen to Starbird speak in an interview, go to https://www.npr.org/2021/01/25/960466075/is-deplatforming-enough-to-fight-disinformation-and-extremism.