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The “Check It Out” database is a collection of useful tools and initiatives to learn about online disinformation: what it is, how it spreads and how to counter it.

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Together

One of the most stringent problems within Moldovan society at the moment, especially in the rural society, is the absence of the access to information or limited access to the public information. The price of subscriptions to periodicals is very high for the majority of the village people, and the Radio and TV are at the disposal of the powerful, hence the rural population stays uninformed about different fields of general interest. And this way, they can be easily manipulated by those who have the monopoly on the informational market. The r...

Bad News

Bad News is a free-to-play, choice-based online game that trains players to recognise common strategies used in the spread of online misinformation. Rather unconventional, however, the goal in the game, which is to become a misinformation “tycoon”. Players start out as anonymous Twitter users. They then start their own "fake news" site, and gradually grow in their role as purveyors of misinformation by gaining followers, while maintaining their credibility as a “news” source. Throughout the game, players can earn 6 badges, each of which represe...

Pagella Politica

Founded in 2012, Pagella Politica (PP) is the main Italian project dedicated to political fact-checking. The project’s mission is to verify the claims made by politicians and public figures, using publicly available or specifically requested data. The broader goal is to promote a higher degree of objectivity into the political discourse, and keep public figures accountable for their statements. In terms of content, its work currently includes: • Database of about 2,500 (as of 15 April, 2019) verified statements by Italian national politicia...

Časoris

This project teaches children and adults how to access and use the media, and how to discern news from disinformation. This is done through the online newspaper Časoris, which is the main platform for news stories. This is also achieved in combination with workshops and a textbook about media, journalism, news, as well as disinformation.

MOOC-V (MOOC on Safe Use of Internet and Media Literacy - targeting adults)

This course's main goal is to improve the understanding of the new media and empower its users in the fields of online privacy, fact checking, and critical thinking. It also deals with basic safety and security issues, online harassment, and addiction prevention.

List of websites generating fake news in Bulgaria.

The aim is to inform the readers in Bulgaria about the lack of transparency on the facts of the news websites that they read and share.

Safer internet centre Slovenia, Awareness Centre SAFE.SI

This project (Awareness Centre SAFE.SI) raises awareness among five target groups about safe and responsible use of the Internet and new technologies. The project’s aim is to provide children, teenagers, parents, teachers, and social workers with knowledge and tools for guiding, empowering, and living in a digital world.

Digital Literacy

Schemes of learning for all year groups, from 5-18 year olds, based on Common Sense Media’s FREE Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum, which empowers learners to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world.

ARTE Journal Junior

ARTE Journal Junior is a daily news broadcast for kids and teens aged 10-14. Its mission: to inform the young viewers about what happens in the world, show them how people live elsewhere, and provide background information about current political or societal events with a focus on international issues.

Literature workshop Fake News

The objective of the module is to learn how to read the press, to write news, to develop a critical sense. In addition, the aim for citizens is to learn about disinformation and how to detect it.

eduCAC

The project’s main goal is to encourage healthy media consumption habits. eduCAC provides teaching materials for educators (for children aged 10 – 16) and it consists of 12 teaching modules focused on the critical analysis of the news, entertainment content, and advertisements. The materials are also available for families.

Parole Ostili

A social awareness project against fake news and the use of hostile language online. We've created a manifesto - a useful tool consisting of ten practical principles - that aims to restore transparent and sincere dialogue based on noble values, in order to avoid hostile communication.

Philosophy Day 2017. "Live with the post-truth. Facts and stories" ("Viure amb la postveritat. Fets i relats")

This seminar for higher education students from different high schools was held on the World Philosophy Day. It was the 8th edition.

Learn to Discern

IREX’s Learn to Discern approach helps citizens recognise and resist disinformation, propaganda, and hate speech. Learn to Discern’s unique methodology builds practical skills for citizens of all ages through interactive training, videos, games, and other learning experiences.

Digitaler Kompass

We founded "Digitaler Kompass - Institut für Nachrichtenkompetenz und digitale Bildung" to teach pupils, their parents, and their teachers about how they can critically evaluate the quality of various sources. For this purpose, we created interactive workshops.

Don't be fooled!

The initative's main aims are to foster discussion on relevant concepts such as disinformation, filter-bubbles, emotional manipulation, and fake news, among low-skilled adults. We also aim to raise awareness and boost proactive citizen participation in detecting fake news.

Jaroslav Valůch

Increasing the capacity of Czech journalism students in the field of information verification and media education lecturing. Support of intergenerational learning. Prevention of polarisation and violent radicalisation through media literacy. Improving media literacy of older adults and seniors.

Media & Information Literacy (MIL) program for teachers, Myth Detector Youth Lab, online games on fake news, hate speech and cuber security.

MDF runs 2 MIL programs aimed at building the capacity of Georgian schools by providing (MIL) curriculum and training, equipping young people with necessary skills to distinguish quality media products from fabricated content.

Bologna si prende cura: i tre giorni del welfare

-Test their ability to distinguish false information and misinformation; -Increase the critical thinking in the search for information on the web; -Provide tools and knowledge that help people to find reliable information on the web; -Stimulating interest and curiosity.

Rubrika

Rubrika is the first fully automatic news analyser in Romania, allowing users to research all news websites and Facebook pages from Romania, and analyse the content they publish. Also, Rubrika is a news aggregator that displays news only from trustworthy news sources.

Our French weekly is not part of any initiative directly related to fake news, but we basically translate any article deemed of interest on as many topics as we can (politics, human rights, international crises, culture, etc.) for our French readers.

Cyber Chronix

Cyber Chronix is a branching story-telling (video) game that raises awareness on privacy risks and data protection rights outlined in the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The tool is also now a paper-based comic.

Happy Onlife

Happy Onlife is a toolkit, including a game, for children, parents and teachers, aimed at raising awareness of the risks and opportunities of the Internet and promoting the best online practices. Misinformation and disinformation are the focus of the tool. Since its release in August 2015, more than 1,500 paper kits in Italian were distributed in 16 Italian regions and more than 3,100 worldwide installations were downloaded

De Facto project - Providing Educators with a science-based tool box to understand and counter mis- and disinformation

This project improves competences for educators for designing course material, helps to achieve an understanding among educators of how VET and adult learners perceive, process, and evaluate information. It also has a set of didactic materials to improve critical thinking and safer and reliable navigation of information.

Products and Workshops – EYMD 2017

Informing the public about European online tools and websites that tackle fake news.

The project helps teenagers and pre-teens learn how to spot and resist the growing volume of manipulative media crowding their Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat accounts, as they start to forge an independent world view. Sessions include an overview of fake news, methods of testing for misinformation, and analysis of drivers of the fake-news phenomenon. Interactive sections – designed to suit the relevant age group – help children understand how mainstream media selects news and may insert bias to present a picture of reality that is often inco...

CLEMI is responsible for media education throughout the education system in France. CLEMI teaches students to decipher information and images, to sharpen their critical thinking, and form an opinion.

Entre les lignes/between the lines

The volunteer journalists of Entre les lignes have led workshops for young people since the association's inception in 2010. They also offer outreach to teachers and specialised educators. Their # 1 goal is to instill critical thinking. It's not a question of making their students budding journalists, but rather enlightened citizens who are able to sort out the information and images that they receive on a daily basis. They teach students to question the sources of a publication and to understand the interest of the pluralism of the press.

The News Hero is an online education game designed to burst the bubble of an elite dominated discussion about critical thinking, and subsequently empower the society to become more conscious readers through a gamified approach.

Mediawijzer.net is the Dutch network for media literacy. Mediawijzer.net was established on the initiative of the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science. It is a platform that shares the best practices and tips in this field.

A web series on media education for kids. The content of the videos teach children terms and keywords for understanding the media.

The initiative shares the best practices on image education to the pedagogical community through online modules. The initiative teaches others to recognise the authenticity of images.

Fakescape is an escape game made by university students. The goal of the project is to teach high school students to think critically about the information that they read on the social media every day.

FactCheckEU.info is a project of the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) bringing together the 19 European outlets that became signatories of IFCN's Code of Principles. The objective of the initiative is to counter misinformation in the European Union at a continental scale ahead of the European Parliament elections of May 2019. The platform was developed by Libération and Datagif and is entirely independent of EU institutions and other governmental actors.

The project aims to work directly with educators such as youth and community group leaders, teachers, trainee teachers, teaching assistants, librarians and others involved with education for children aged 6-18. We will provide training and support materials and workshops to enable educators to set up a media centre within their organisation aimed at increasing critical thinking towards the media among citizens.

FAKEOFF is the first association of journalists (mainly from the world of television) to engage in the fight against mass disinformation among young people. The association involves around thirty journalists and professional directors from the channels TF1, France 2, France 3, Canal +, France 5, Arte, M6, Europe 1, L'Express, and Slate.fr. Their objective is to provide young people with simple and effective tools to prevent them from falling into the trap of fake news and radicalisation on the Internet. FAKEOFF aims to sharpen the minds of you...

Journalism, 'Fake' news and disinformation - a handbook for journalism education and training

Written by expert practitioners in the fight against disinformation, this handbook offers 7 modules on why trust matters; the enabling environment, and how to combat misinformation. With lessons, readings, and outcomes, this is an ideal framework for teachers, students, and working journalists.

EUfactcheck

EUFACTCHECK is the fact-checking project of the European Journalism Training Association (EJTA) that intends to build a sustainable curriculum unit on fact checking within a European network of Journalism schools, with an empirical test period during the European elections as well as with a common manual.

„Hack the fake news”

Eight teams took part in the first phase of the "Hack the fake news" initiative, whose aim is to find solutions to fight against “fake news" using the latest technology in textual data analysis - artificial intelligence and machine self-learning. Four of the teams presented the most accurate models that featured the best practical applicability and innovation of the development. The initiative continues with a public workshop and discussion in a wide range of experts. During the 48-hour hackathon, participants had to create an algorithm that...

Anonymous news sites to watch out for

Some time ago Krassimir Gadjokov launched the Media Eye project aimed at detecting anonymous internet media. In this case, anonymous media means: "A media that has not posted on the site itself, visible or easily accessible to the regular visitor, who owns (a company or names of a person) or a media editor." We from "The Successful" took this list and we checked after the signals on the web that the Media Eye was inaccurate. It turned out that some mistakes and omissions were indeed on the list. This can be due to a number of reasons, inc...

Czech Republic to fight 'fake news' with specialist unit

The Czech government is to set up a specialist “anti-fake news” unit as officials attempt to tackle falsehoods, predominantly about migrants, which they claim are spread by websites supported by the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The new unit will aim to counteract interference in the Czech Republic’s forthcoming general election, to be held in October, amid polling evidence that online disinformation is influencing public opinion and threatening to destabilise the country’s democratic system, established after the fall of c...

Do the facts matter? Disinformation as an instrument during elections

The Bureau of the European Parliament in Bulgaria held a discussion on "Do the facts matter? Disinformation as an Election Tool ", which was held on January 22, 2019, from 16:00 to 18:30, in Room 6 of the National Palace of Culture (entrance A6), Sofia.

Fakescape

Fakescape is an escape game made by university students. This escape game was developed to help our society with media literacy and critical thinking. It is both fun and instructive at the same time. We are teaching high school students (but not only) how to tackle fake news, think critically and verify information. In our game, players become journalists in 2028 a few weeks before the presidential elections in Czech Republic. Their task is to find the candidate who is spreading disinformation and stop his evil plan to cancel summer holida...

Fighting Fake News, Disinformation and Hate in Czech Media

Taking media education to schools - Fake news and disinformation were the main topics at the Media Education Week 2017, a recent project organised by Czech NGO Člověk v tísni (People in Need). Over a six week period, seminars dedicated to media education, debates with journalists and media professionals, and screenings of thematic documentary movies were offered to primary and secondary schools across the country. As part of Media Education Week, school students had the opportunity to listen to expert opinions and meet leading Czech journ...

Tools for detecting untrue content on the Internet

Public lecture "INSTRUMENTS FOR INSPECTION OF FACTS AND DETECTION OF FAILURE ON THE INTERNET" in the framework of "KNOWLEDGE OF PRACTICE AND JOURNALISTS" The event is part of the Seminar "Knowledge of PR Practitioners and Journalists" of the Department of Mass Communications and aims to familiarize students with practitioners in the field of public relations and journalism. Marek Miller is a lecturer from Google News Lab for Central and Eastern Europe. He teaches journalists, students and publishers how to use different online tools to ch...

How to recognize fake news

Who creates the flow of misinformation? Disasters, death of celebrities, manipulations with a political tinge, and all sorts of gossip. All this falls under the common denominator of so-called "fake news". The NOVA team will fight the flow of disinformation that floods us all over. Who creates fake news and how does it come to us? They mislead. They scare. They even kill. They speak with the words which the mass spectator and reader expects to hear. Fake news shot Veselin Mareshki. Fake news pushed Lutvi Mestan from the third floor and t...

“Ontotext” created apps to detect fake news

The Bulgarian company Ontotext created applications for falsified news verification within the European project PHEME. They joined the initiative to share their experience in semantic technology. The team has managed to create algorithms to detect and classify rumours, turning these technologies into practical applications that can be used by digital journalists and other users of information. Acquired and enriched data from the various components developed within the project are included in a Knowledge repository created by the Ontotext Gra...

"Disinformation and fake news - The Bulgarian context"

Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" hosted the conference "Disinformation and False News - The Bulgarian Context". The forum organizer is an academic working group formed on the initiative of Prof. Dr. Maria Neikova from the Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication. The aim of the working group was to focus the efforts of researchers from different fields in the search for sustainable solutions of the problems in the Bulgarian media environment. The participants in the event were united around the idea of the need for a Bulgarian con...

Doubtful news

There is a kind of news broadcasted on central newscasts that create a lot of noise in social networks. News that is not leading and even is often not new. There have been a lot of examples lately, but I will deal with two - the Bruges Christmas Market and the French school forms. Note that these are not “fake news” – the fact is not wrong in them. It’s incomplete, but it’s not wrong. The Christmas market in Bruges is already referred to as the “winter bazaar”, and in the French Parliament there was indeed a proposal in school forms to use “...

Fact-Check It!

Fact-Check It! is a role-playing card game that stimulates critical thinking, fact-based dialogue and analytical skills among students. The game is designed ideally for a class of 25 students, age 15 and up, divided into five work groups. The lesson plan's kit consists of 25 cards, a fact-checking tipsheet and a guide for teachers.

Media Bias/Fact Check

Media Bias/Fact Check is the most comprehensive media bias resource on the internet, currently listing 2800+ media sources. MBFC is dedicated to educating the public on media bias and deceptive news practices. The initiative aims to inspire action and a rejection of overtly biased media. MBFC also provides occasional fact checks, original articles on media bias and breaking/important news stories, especially as it relates to USA politics.

Ask for Evidence

Ask for Evidence is a campaign launched by Sense about Science that helps people request for themselves the evidence behind news stories, marketing claims and policies.

EU vs Disinfo

The EU vs Disinfo website is part of a campaign to better forecast, address and respond to pro-Kremlin disinformation. The campaign, run by the European External Action Service East Stratcom Task Force, produces the weekly Disinformation Review through which the team has identified and compiled a database of over 3,800 disinformation cases since September 2015 (figure from spring 2018).

DeSmog UK

DeSmog UK was launched in September 2014 as an investigative media outlet dedicated to cutting through the spin clouding the debate on energy and environment in Britain. Since then, its team of journalists and researchers has become a go-to source for accurate, fact-based information regarding misinformation campaigns on climate science in the UK.

NewsWise

NewsWise is a free, cross-curricular news literacy project for 9 to 11-year-olds across the UK. It helps teachers empower their Key Stage 2 pupils to navigate the news. NewsWise is free for schools and provides teachers with a suite of curriculum-based lesson plans, online resources, exciting school workshops and opportunities to speak to real journalists. Funded by Google, we have developed NewsWise in partnership with the Guardian Foundation and the PSHE Association.

The Evidence Toolkit

The Evidence Toolkit aims to encourage thinking about thinking, and in particular to stimulate and scaffold critical thinking of print and online media. To do this, it has selected articles representing different political and thematic orientations upon which students are encouraged to ask deep questions related to content and its context.

BBC iReporter

BBC iReporter in an online game which puts the player in the heart of the newsroom and gives them the opportunity to be a journalist working on a breaking story.

Climate Feedback

Climate Feedback is a worldwide network of scientists sorting fact from fiction in climate change media coverage. Their goal is to help readers know which news to trust.

Bettermedia

This project believes in the public and its wish to participate in the forming of the media landscape. That is why we are leading several calls to action, public debates and lectures on the subject of participation in the media-run society. We believe that only the people have the power to change the establishment and that there is no other way than to call out the ones responsible and demand responsiblity for their actions.

Factual

Fact-checking website, with true or false indicators for each piece of news, by volunteer contributors of national and international news. The project was founded by a group of NGOs, corporations, entrepreneurs and policy consultants interested in good governance. From August 2014, the project is implemented by the Funky Citizens Association, but it would not be possible without the voluntary contribution of the Factual Experts.

Biziday

Application which provides a checked newsfeed, with national and international news. Also provied yellow and red alerts on your phone if very important events occur.

Stiri Curate

This platform claims it is an online journalistic accuracy detector. A team of analists detects trends in online information distortion and the launch of fake news material.

Media Wise Society

At the Mediawise Society's Resource and Education Center for Media Education and Culture, we develop media and digital competences among children, young people and adults and support the introduction of media literacy in schools, institutions and organizations.

ActiveWatch

ActiveWatch Media Monitoring Agency is a human rights organization that militates for free communication for public interest. Since 1994, ActiveWatch influenced EU policy towards Romania and actively intervened in the legislative process, supporting freedom of expression, free access to public information, responsible and transparent governance, and equal opportunities in society.

Let's Discover What's Behind News

ActiveWatch publishes a new educational product aimed at secondary school pupils to better understand news production and to learn how to question and verify credibility of information in the media.

Pagina de Media (The Media Page)

The site aims to be a source of information, but also a place to debate the phenomenon of media, advertising, communication in general. For those who work in the "industry", for journalists writing about it, but also for those interested in the phenomenon in general.

Visual Investigative Scenarios Platform

(VIS) is a data visualization platform designed to assist investigative journalists, activists and others in mapping complex business or crime networks. Our aim is to help investigators understand and explain corruption, organized crime and other wrongdoings and to translate complex narratives into simple, universal visual language.

Internet for children, Digital Parents campaign

Digital Parents is a social responsibility campaign, developed by Orange Romania communications company, aimed at making the Internet a safe environment for children through education of both them and their parents.

lavoce.info

Lavoce.info is an Italian online magazine that deals with economic issues, providing readers with deep and informed analyses. It was founded in 2002 by a pool of economists led by Tito Boeri. The idea behind Lavoce.info is to provide readers with the factual accuracy of a scientific journal coupled with the straight-forward language and approach of a traditional media.

Media Literacy

The “Media Literacy” Project aims to help the categories of trainers which (together with parents) are in closer contact with the students to transform the vast culture of media into practical information, in-depth analysis and educational means. In this context, EURISPES has articulated a series of services and training offers, the publication and dissemination of specialist material and the organization of events whose goal is to train those who have the responsibility to educate young people specifically in the Media Literacy sector.

EAVI – the European Association for Viewers Interests – is an international non-profit organisation registered in Brussels which advocates for media literacy and full citizenship. EAVI supports the adoption of initiatives that enable citizens to read, write and participate in public life through the media. Full and active citizenship in Europe is increasingly reliant on media literacy skills. Therefore, by empowering Europeans as responsible media users, EAVI is actually working towards the goal of a healthy, democratic, more cohesive society...

Generazioni Connesse - Connected Generations

The “Generazioni Connesse“ project is the Italian Safer Internet Centre co-funded by European Commission. It aims at continuing the experience that has been underway since 2013, while at the same time improving, strengthening and broadening the role it has undertaken at a national level by the Safer Internet Centre. The aim is to become an ever-greater national reference point on topics related to a safer and better Internet for young people. The Safer Internet Centre is composed of an Awareness Centre, two Hotlines, and a Helpline. The Cons...

Officina dei Nuovi Lavori

From digital manufacturing to business innovation, from gaming to immersive reality: there are 4 educational environments that make up the Officina dei Nuovi Lavori program, the free training project launched by Google and Fondazione Mondo Digitale to spread digital skills and carry out targeted training and career guidance activities for young people.

e-EAV (e-Engagement Against Violence)

Over the last few years, due to globalisation and migration processes, neoliberal transformations of welfare states and shrinking labour markets, populist parties and movements have emerged in a number of European countries. This context has produced new forms of racism and discrimination, also through new media and social platforms. The European Project e-EAV (e-Engagement Against Violence), supported by the DAPHNE-programme 2012-2014, aims at contrasting new right-wing populism and discrimination transmitted through digital media by promoting...

MED - Associazione Italiana per l'Educazione ai Media e alla Comunicazione (Italian Association for Education in Media and Communication)

MED, the Italian Association for Media and Communication Education, was founded on February 28, 1996 by a group of university professors, media professionals and educators, and is an ideal place for connection and service in the dialogue between communication experts and professionals, teachers and educators. MED is accredited by the MIUR (Italian Ministry for Education, University and Research) for the training of teachers and school administrators. MED's activities include: - Publication of a magazine; - Summer School; - Spring School; -...

Edition of a radio show Decriptaj - European offensive against online disinformation

An edition of the radio show Decriptaj, on RFi Romania, dedicated to the European offensive against online disinformation. Guest: Alina Bargaoanu, one of the members of the European group of experts combating fake news, created by the European Commission - the HLEG group. The show aims to answer to the following questions: How does the group work? What are the consequences of the combination of fake news-big data technologies? How do we recognize misinformation, how do we respond? What is the role of quality journalism considering the transfor...

Verification Handbook

Authored by leading journalists from the BBC, Storyful, ABC, Digital First Media and other verification experts, the Verification Handbook is a groundbreaking new resource for journalists and aid providers. It provides the tools, techniques and step-by-step guidelines for how to deal with user-generated content (UGC) during emergencies.

Fake News Alert

Google Chrome Extension which flags fake news sites when you access them, created by New York Times magazine journalist Brian Feldman.

A Field Guide to 'Fake News' and Other Information Disorders

This ebook explores the use of digital methods to study false viral news, political memes, trolling practices and their social life online.

Fakey

Fakey is an app that simulates a social media news feed. Players either “Share,” “Like,” or “Fact-check” a post, and after clicking one of these, they find out whether the article came from a legitimate or clickbait source. This gamified approach lets users score points by sharing content from credible news outlets and by fact-checking questionable sources.

CaptainFact

CaptainFact is a collaborative fact-checking tool for YouTube videos. People help each other verify information in the following way: firstly, a video is added on the website; specific statements are then extracted from the video; finally, fact-checkers confirm or refute the statements. All CaptainFact's extension users will see the verifications directly on the YouTube video. Video demonstration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsRkg2hRTiI Install the extension (Chrome, Firefox): https://captainfact.io/extension

Factitious

Factitious is an online game that challenges students aged 11 to 24 to tell apart real and fake news articles. The game offers six levels of difficulty based on a selection of online articles curated by researchers. Factitious is available on different platforms, and a Classroom Edition is currently under development.

Full Fact Finder

Full Fact is an independent fact-checking charity that aims to provide free tools, information and advice to allow anyone to check the claims they hear from politicians and the media. Their core values are independence, impartiality and effectiveness.


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