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BBC

Tom Colls

20 October 2020

Bangladesh

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Offline communities are being connected to the world's information through a network of people who physically carry data on devices containing content from Wikipedia and Khan Academy. Residents in a Himalayan village ...

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Ruth Reader

13 October 2020

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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To combat the spread of conspiracy theories, researchers at Cambridge’s Social Decision Making Lab have created an interactive game that puts users in the shoes of "manipulators" to teach them how to "question social ...

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Nick Fouriezos

5 September 2020

United Kingdom

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Logically is an app that fact-checks news in real time using artificial intelligence and 30 employees. They review more than 500,000 articles a day. In 2019, the app found 12-14% of articles about the U.K. and Indian ...

Wired

Sirin Kale

14 August 2020

United Kingdom

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Logically is a fact-checking app that combines AI technology and human research to assess and label the truthfulness of news articles. The app has about 20,000 users after a soft launch in the UK, with a full launch p...

Stateline

Matt Vasilogambros

20 July 2020

United States

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Many entities are working with social media companies to flag election-related disinformation. The California Secretary of State emails voters about how to report false information so the state can flag it and the Ari...

Are We Europe

Gil Skorwid

9 June 2020

Lithuania

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The coronavirus pandemic has invigorated organizations working in the Baltics to counter disinformation, particularly from Russia, by flagging suspicious accounts, fake news, and hate speech. For example, Covid-19 led...

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Matt Field

26 May 2020

Princeton, New Jersey, United States

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Princeton University's Empirical Studies of Conflict Project launched a tracking effort to document COVID-19 disinformation worldwide. Created by a network of students tapping into fact-checking sites and other social...

The Charlotte Observer

Lauren Lindstrom

4 April 2020

Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, United States

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In North Carolina's Mecklenburg County, Spanish is more commonly spoken than English, yet information about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic wasn't being translated from English before being distributed. To address th...

NPR

Sam Gringlas

27 March 2020

Maryland, United States

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Senior centers in Maryland are offering media literacy courses to discuss fact-checking and how to spot fake news stories online. A recent study by researchers at Princeton and NYU found that Facebook users over 65 a...

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Anastasia Moloney

7 March 2020

Mexico City, Mexico

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The underrepresentation of women in technology and computer science has led to the creation of Geochicas, a group of women who recruit and train female, open source mappers across the world. Open source mapping is a m...

FastCompany

Steven Melendez

2 March 2020

United States

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The freewheeling discussion platform Reddit has spawned many conspiracy theories, but it also plays host to anti-disinformation activists. By striking back at those who spread propaganda and potentially harmful disinf...

The New York Times

Alina Tugend

20 February 2020

New York, New York, United States

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Some schools are formally adding media literacy education to their curricula. Lessons train students to spot fake news and navigate the non-stop media cycle.

The Guardian

Jon Henley

29 January 2020

Helinski, Finland

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Building successful resistance to fake information begins with primary education. Finland’s national school curriculum encourages information and media literacy along with critical thinking. The pilot program consists...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Larry Platt

27 December 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Allowing news consumers to more carefully vet media outlets can help stem the proliferation of fake news. NewsGuard, a web browser plug-in gives users a “nutrition label” for news websites by ranking them on a scale o...

Boulder Weekly

Angela K. Evans

26 September 2019

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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The Media and Climate Change Observatory at the University of Colorado - Boulder has been tracking media coverage of climate change in an effort to improve and provide analysis of it. As awareness of the climate crisi...

CNN

Eliza Mackintosh

18 May 2019

Helsinki, Finland

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Teaching students to fact check encourages resilience and builds resistance to the post-truth phenomenon. In Finland, a school curriculum implemented at the national level equips elementary and high school students wi...

The Guardian

James McWilliams

17 April 2019

Washington, United States

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At the University of Washington, "Calling Bullshit: Data Reasoning in a Digital World" goes beyond teaching students how to spot "fake news" to show students how to detect misinformation in the reputable places, such ...

NPR

Sasha Ingber

22 March 2019

Mariupol, Ukraine

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In Ukraine, IREX has developed its Listen to Discern program, which trains students how to separate fact from fiction and overall media literacy. Through methods like reverse image searching and photo forensics, teach...

The Guardian

Julia Carrie Wong

21 February 2019

California, United States

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Correcting "data voids," which provide the space for conspiracies to flourish online, requires online platforms to take active measures against misinformation. In the face of digital marketing incentive structures and...

Pacific Standard

Mark Oprea

15 February 2019

Mexico

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Independent journalists and upstart news organizations in Mexico have banded together to counter potentially deadly or disruptive fake news with a highly organized fact-checking campaign calling itself Verificado. Bes...

Christian Science Monitor

Eoin O'Carroll

7 February 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Human-based fact checking offers a more dynamic and thorough way to determine the credibility of news outlets than the use of machine learning software. Although humans are still prone to implicit biases, NewsGuard’s ...

The New York Times

Elian Peltier

13 December 2018

Lyons, France

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France is at the forefront of efforts to integrate internet literacy into standard primary and secondary course requirements. By partnering with journalists and educators, the French government is working to stop the ...

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Siobhan McKenna

21 September 2018

London, England

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In London, the residents who have never accessed the internet are disproportionately disabled, elderly, or otherwise marginalized but a new approach by the Mayor's office, supported by results from pilot programs in t...

Nieman Lab

Shan Wang

8 August 2018

Germany

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German news site Zeit Online helped 600 pairs of people with opposing political views meet to discuss the issues in person. The "My Country Talks" initiative was so well-reviewed that Zeit Online is now partnering wit...

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Anthony Scoma

10 July 2018

London, England

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Readers on the BBC website can now find out more about select stories through “Appy Helper,” a module that provides background about an ongoing, complex story. The module works through both a chat-style interface that...

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