"Falsehood flies, and truth comes limping after it, so that when men come to be undeceived, it is too late; the jest is over, and the tale hath had its effect: like a man, who hath thought of a good repartee when the discourse is changed, or the company parted; or like a physician, who hath found out an infallible medicine, after the patient is dead.”

― Jonathan Swift


Funded by the Indian Council of Social Science Research, ICSSR, this project dives into understanding the phenomenon of Technologically Manipulated Information (TMI), its ecosystem, and its psychosocial impact on individuals and on society. With a multidisciplinary approach, it will analyze the impact of TMI with the lens of ethics as an overarching feature. In addition, it will try to explore strategies, motivation and tools and the policies of news media, and the public and independent fact-checking organizations in India.

By the end of this project, we would have insights into: the factors which significantly contribute to the ‘believability’ of TMI; and the ethical implications of the psychosocial impact of TMI and the state of preparedness of the society against the threat of spread of TMI with malintent, among other substantial results.

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