February 28, 2021

Farnsworth Lectures at Fake News Hackathon in Malaysia

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of UMW's Center for Leadership and Media Studies

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of UMW’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently presented a lecture, “How Governments and Media Companies Struggle with Fake News,” at the Break the Fake Hackathon, a project of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative and U.S. Department of State. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Professor Farnsworth, who was in Malaysia this summer as a Fulbright Specialist at Methodist College Kuala Lumpur, also judged the hackathon entries, projects designed to assist in the identification of fake news or to reduce its dissemination.

Dr. Farnsworth has also been quoted in several national and world news stories:

Virginia Republican in close race now backs ‘red flag’ gun bill (The Washington Post, Greenwich Time)

Trump steps up attack on Congresswoman (CTV News Canada)

Presidential Health, a private or public matter? (Revista Credencial) 

Democrats see boost in fundraising (Chesterfield Observer)