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Caroline Orr Gets to the Core of Disinformation

Air Dates: July 28-30, 2018

According to the Director of National Intelligence, Russia attacked American democracy in 2016, and the attacks continue to this day. The information the intelligence community used to draw that conclusion is classified—but guest, Caroline Orr uses an incredible array of open-source information and data analytics to produce a sophisticated understanding of the political warfare targeting the United States.

Caroline Orr is a freelance journalist, researcher, and doctoral candidate in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Her research interests include risk communication, behavior change theory, social influence and group behavior in digital environments, psychological models of online decision-making, health psychology, sexual assault and violence prevention, reproductive health, and psychosocial determinants of health and health disparities.

Caroline graduated Summa Cum Laude from East Carolina University, where she completed her B.A. in Psychology. Caroline also earned her M.A. in Health Education and Promotion from East Carolina University and her M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University-Maryland. Caroline is currently working as a freelance journalist as she prepares to defend her dissertation on the use of behavior change theory in intervention design, measurement, and evaluation. She is also in the process of writing a book about disinformation and the weaponization of social media.

Story in the Public Square airs on Rhode Island PBS in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 5:30 a.m. ET, and Mondays at 12:30 a.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124. “Story in the Public Square” is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter.

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