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Beware Online Filter Bubbles

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Beware Online Filter Bubbles As web companies strive to tailor their services (including news and search results) to our personal tastes, there’s a dangerous unintended consequence: We get trapped in a “filter bubble” and don’t get exposed to information that could challenge or broaden our worldview. Eli Pariser argues powerfully that this will ultimately prove…

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Journalism, fake news and disinformation: equipping journalism for the fightback

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The targeting of journalists and news organisations – by states, populist politicians and deceptive corporate actors – makes fighting back against disinformation, misinformation and ‘malinformation’ a critical mission for journalism in 2019. But how can that best be achieved? What new knowledge, skills and tools do journalists and news publishers need to tackle the scourge…

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A Brief History of Disinformation

A Brief History of Disinformation Kaspersky Speaker: Matt Tait (University of Texas) There’s been a lot of talk in the media about “fake news” and “disinformation”, especially in relation to the hacking and disclosure of thousands of emails belonging to the DNC and John Podesta during the 2016 election. But while the DNC hack may…

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This one weird trick will help you spot clickbait

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TED-Ed | This One Weird Trick Will Help You Spot Clickbait Test your wits with a set of hypothetical health studies and find out just how good you are at spotting clickbait. — Health headlines are published every day, sometimes making opposite claims from each other. There can be a disconnect between broad, attention-grabbing headlines…

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Great TED-Ed video demonstrating how to apply critical thinking

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Great Video From TED-Ed Explaining Some Basic Critical Thinking Skills Puzzle through a set of hypothetical health studies and headlines and see if you can spot what’s misleading about the headline. This particular video is based around medicine where there is often a disconnect between news headlines and the scientific research they cover. While headlines…

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Heard Of Filter Bubbles?

Heard of filter bubbles? You may or may not have heard of the concept of filter bubbles but if you are a regular user of internet search engines or social media platforms there is a good chance you are in the middle of one right now. In the video from GCF Global below you will…

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Fake News And The Indian Elections – BBC Click

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Fake News And The Indian Elections – BBC Click BBC Click takes a look at how social media is being used in the Indian elections. The largest democratic exercise in history is under way to decide who will govern India for the next five years and  there are serious concerns about the extent of false…

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Fake News Exposed by Channel 4

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Fake News Exposed by Channel 4 Survey A survey for Channel 4 published in 2017 found that only 4 per cent of respondents – who were shown three true and three fake headlines – could accurately differentiate them all. It still remains relevant today and demonstrates why critical thinking is such an important skill set…

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Why Our Brains Love Fake News

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Myles Bess breaks down the research around why our brains can so easily make us believe that fake news is real news. Ever have an argument with someone, and no matter how many facts you provide, you just can’t get that person to see it your way? One big reason for this is cognitive bias,…

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