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Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab

Department of Psychology

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Bad News Game

The Bad News Game is a multiple award-winning fake news intervention aimed at building psychological resistance against online misinformation. The intervention is a theory-driven social impact game developed in collaboration with the Dutch media collective DROG and graphic design agency Gusmanson.

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The game is freely available for non-commerial use and can be accessed here: www.getbadnews.com

The game draws on the theory of psychological inoculation: just as exposure to a weakened strain of a pathogen triggers the production of antibodies to cultivate immunity against a virus, the same can reasonably be achieved with information. Specifically, the game forewarns and exposes players to severely weakened doses of the stategies that are used in the production of fake news to stimulate the production 'mental antibodies' against misinformation.

If you are interested in our research on the game, please find an up-to-date list of all of our scientific publications below (open-access, open data):

Publications

 

List of Awards

Royal Holland Society of Siences (Winner of the Brouwers "Trust" Prize, 2020)

Frank Prize in Public Interest Communications (University of Florida, 2020)

Runner-up, BX Award Oustanding Behavioural Science Research, UK Behavioural Insights Team (2020)

Honorable Mention, Best Game, Fast Company's Innovation By Design Awards (2019)

Nomination, Exhibit and Beazley's Design of the Year Award (2018).

Nomination, Life Interrupted Exhibit, Australian Museum of Discovery (2018).

 

Translations

In collaboration with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, The Bad News game has been made available in 15 languages worldwide. You can access the international versions of the game below:

Swedish (www.badnewsgame.se)

German (www.getbadnews.de)

Greek (www.getbadnews.gr)

Polish (www.getbadnews.pl)

Bosnian (www.getbadnewsbosnia.com)

Czech (www.getbadnews.cz)

Dutch (www.slechtnieuws.nl)

Esperanto (www.badnewsesperanto.com)

Moldovan-Romanian (www.getbadnewsmoldova.com)

Romanian (www.getbadnews.ro)

Serbian (www.getbadnews.rs)

Slovenian (www.getbadnews.si)

Russian (www.getbadnewsrussian.com)

Ukrainian (www.getbadnewsukraine.com)

 

Sample of Blogs and Popular Media

Could this be a cure for fake news? BBC Future

Spot Fake News by Making it - NPR

CNN Interview with Dr Jon Roozenbeek (TV)

The Economist with Dr van der Linden (Documentary)

Bad News - A Psychological Vaccine Against Fake News. London School of Economics (LSE) Impact Blog.

The new science of prebunking: how to inoculate against the spread of misinformation. BMC On Society Blog.

How to fight online misinformation: beyond laws and algorithms, try vaccination. openDemocracy

Fake it 'til you make it: A game to help you spot fake news. Psychology Today.

 

Collaborations

We currently work with the following partners on testing and implementing our interventions worldwide:

WhatsApp/Facebook

Google/Jigsaw

The U.S. State Department

The UK Foreign Office

The UK Cabinet Office

The Behavioural Insights Team

The University of Uppsala

If you are interested in translating or working with the Bad News game, please contact Dr for more information.