Calling BS: How to Spot Data Misinformation with Professor Jevin West

Learn how to spot misinformation. Professor, information scientist and author, Jevin West, teaches us to call BS on bad data.

Making sense of data has never been more important. “Big data” in healthcare, education and the economy influences policies that affect billions. The problem? Most of us are woefully unprepared to spot accurate information amid the flood of misinformation and propaganda shared on channels like social media. University of Washington professors Carl Bergstrom and Jevin West, authors of Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World, have made it their mission to help us assess data, separate the accurate from the bogus, and fight back with effective analysis and argument. In this webinar with Jevin West and KQED, you’ll learn to spot misinformation in charts, graphs and other data visualization, and hear about West’s work with students to navigate our data-driven world.


  • Jevin West, associate professor in the Information School at the University of Washington (UW), director of the UW's Center for an Informed Public and co-director of the DataLab.
  • Rachel Roberson, KQED Program Manager, Humanities Professional Learning
  • Ilana Somasunderam, KQED Program Manager, STEM Professional Learning
WHENTuesday, August 11, 2020 3:00 PM