Cultivating Ecological Literacy: A Critical Framework for Understanding and Addressing Mis- and Disinformation

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This conceptual paper highlights limitations within existing approaches to mis and disinformation and offers a cross disciplinary approach that draws from social shaping of technology and critical informatics to explain and understand these complex informational phenomena. Different scholarly perspectives from policy, technical, and information literacy spheres, often narrowly focus on information practices of actors or components of the technical systems and policy frameworks undergirding these systems often their “locus of change”, or concept of the problem and solutions, do not acknowledge the interconnected complexities inherent to mis and disinformation. Our proposed conceptual intervention can be useful to the information science and technology research and teaching community as it offers opportunities to cultivate a complex form of what Milner and Phillips describe as “ecological literacy” to holistically understand the mis- and disinformation problem domain as an interconnected set of sociotechnical systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)479-485
Number of pages7
JournalProceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Library and Information Sciences


  • critical informatics
  • ecological literacy
  • locus of change
  • misinformation
  • social shaping of technology


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