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Journalism, ‘fake news’ and disinformation: A handbook for journalism education and training

This new publication by UNESCO is a timely resource and highly topical subject for all those who practice or teach journalism in this Digital Age. By UNESCO Developments in the last few years have placed journalism under fire. A range of factors are transforming the communications landscape, raising questions about the quality, impact and credibility of journalism. At the same time, orchestrated campaigns are spreading untruths – disinformation, mal-information and

‘Fake news’ is in the eye of the beholder: China is centralizing efforts to stop online ‘rumors’

By Oiwan Lam, for Global Voices A new state-run platform is now centralizing efforts to stop online “rumors” in China. This is a significant step for China, where any piece of information that does not come from official government channels can be considered a rumor. Since 2012, Chinese authorities have undertaken a series of measures and campaigns to control online speech. Major social media platforms have been forced to implement community rules and reporting

Picture Does Not Lie — Russian Claim to Have Captured Javelin Missile System is Wrong

By Polygraph Vedomosti Russian newspaper “At an exhibition of trophy weapons captured in Syria, held in the Moscow region near Kubinka as part of the forum “Army-2018,” the Russian Ministry of Defense showed the US anti-tank missile system (ATGM) “Javelin.” Source: Vedomosti, August 22, 2018 FALSE The weapon shown is not a Javelin. On August 22, the Russian news outlet Vedomosti reported on an exhibit of the Russian Ministry of

UK Parliament: 5 recommendations to tackle disinformation and fake news

By UK Parliament Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee We are facing a democratic crisis founded on manipulation of personal data and micro-targeting, MPs warn. In 2017, 11 MPs from the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee, from different political parties, launched an inquiry into Fake Newsin response to the increasing spread of stories with uncertain origin or accuracy. The DCMS Committee’s report attempts to expose the secretive world of these tech

Disinformation and ‘fake news’: Interim Report

By authority of the House of Commons of UK Parliament Fifth Report of Session 2017–19 Report, together with formal minutes relating to the report Ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 24 July 2018 Read the whole report here. There are many potential threats to our democracy and our values. One such threat arises from what has been coined ‘fake news’, created for profit or other gain, disseminated

Fake News and Fake Solutions: How Do We Build a Civics of Trust?

By Ivan Sigal. for Global Voices We need to start serious conversations about systemic social challenges, rather than tinkering with their effects In his recent manifesto, Mark Zuckerberg asserts that the response to our dysfunctional and conflict-ridden politics is to build a stronger global community based on ubiquitous interconnection. We know of course that Facebook stands to profit from this utopian vision, and we should be skeptical of the motives underlying Zuck’s

In Sweden, resilience is key to combatting disinformation

By EU vs Disinfo Since Russia illegally annexed Crimea in 2014 – an operation where disinformation, deception and confusion played a major role – Swedish authorities have stepped up their work to protect Sweden from similar hostile influence operations. The government has adopted a new security strategy, Sweden’s Security Service (Säpo) have briefed all political parties on the issue and the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) have gathered representatives of mass

Russian Journalists Fight Back Against Disinformation

By EU vs Disinfo Factory of Lies is the name of a new television documentary introducing a number of journalists who have uncovered the hidden processes of the disinformation campaigns coming from Russia. Some of these journalists are themselves Russians who have not been afraid of doing this kind of investigative work in the difficult conditions of their country’s highly controlled media environment. Click to watch the Factory of Lies trailer where we meet Andrey Soshnikov and

Americans may appreciate knowing when a news story is suspect, but more than a third will share that story anyway

Plus: Facebook fights fake news in Mexico ahead of the election, and a large majority of Republicans believe that social media platforms are censoring some political views. By  Laura Hazard Owen, for NiemanLab The growing stream of reporting on and data about fake news, misinformation, partisan content, and news literacy is hard to keep up with. This weekly roundup offers the highlights of what you might have missed. Do “news source ratings”

There’s a big difference between the number of people who worry about fake news and who say they’ve actually seen it

Plus: Facebook looks to hire “news credibility specialists,” and Reuters tries to figure out if highly partisan sites are gaining traction in and outside the U.S. (it looks as if they’re not). By Laura Hazard Owen @laurahazardowen, for NiemanLab The growing stream of reporting on and data about fake news, misinformation, partisan content, and news literacy is hard to keep up with. This weekly roundup offers the highlights of what you might have

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