It is the point of reference for political and individual decisions: the truth. Or at least what various groups regard as truth. The WZB Mitteilungen have dedicated an issue to the truth, with analyzes of populist worldviews, social communication, digitization and personal identities.

A PDF version of the print issue (in German) is available here. The first online contributions can be found on this page.


Fighting Disinformation

Disinformation increasingly threatens democracy. How can this be prevented? Regulating platforms is often not enough to contain the dangers of disinformation for political processes. Thamy Pogrebinschi, Maria Dominguez and Mariana Borges Martins da Silva have examined the role civil society and collective intelligence can play in the fight against disinformation using the example of Brazil.


Protest and Truth

Do protesters perceive different truths and realities for which they go out to the streets? WZB Director Swen Hutter talks about the potential for radicalization at demonstrations, subjective truth and the power of extreme positions.


Facing the Truth

Critics of artificial intelligence have been vocal about the ethical and political implications of governments and corporations's use of automated facial recognition technologies. Less frequent are critiques of its technical aspects: Photography still gets a benefit of doubt as an accurate representation of reality. Anna Skarpelis looks at why we should remain vigilant and outlines how new technologies challenge social scientific understandings of the person.