Tag "Italy"

Governments countering disinformation: the case of Italy

By Christina la Cour, for Disinfo Portal Fake news and disinformation are divisive topics in Italy. There is far from consensus on the size of these problems, nor the solutions. Policy makers have introduced initiatives ranging from media literacy education to a ‘red-button service’ allowing citizens to report fake news to a special cyber police unit. Disinformation, misinformation, fake news and online propaganda—these are all concepts frequently debated in Italy.

Lega Nord’s Bedfellows: Russians offering illicit funding to Italian far-right party identified

By Christo Grozev, for Bellingcat In a previous joint investigation with BuzzFeed News and the Insider, Bellingcat disclosed the inordinately frequent travel of two Italian politicians from the close circle of the head of Italy’s far-right party Lega Nord, and self-styled “Italian Trump” Matteo Salvini. As previously reported by Italian media and BuzzFeed, one of the frequent travelers and advisers to Italy’s deputy prime minister  – Gianluca Savoini – took

Russia’s active measures strategy in Italy

By By Sergio Germani and Massimiliano Di Pasquale, for Disinfo Portal Around 2012, the Kremlin shifted to an increasingly confrontational stance toward the West and began to implement a strategy of chaos aimed at spreading instability and disorder in Europe and North America. This strategy combined traditional “active measures” alongside modern cyber-warfare and information-warfare techniques. Consequently, around 2013, Moscow initiated a subversive active measures strategy in Italy that aimed to

Measuring the reach of “fake news” and online disinformation in Europe

By Reuters Institute In this factsheet by Richard Fletcher, Alessio Cornia, Lucas Graves and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, we provide top-level usage statistics for the most popular sites that independent fact-checkers and other observers have identified as publishers of false news and online disinformation. We focus on two European countries: France and Italy. We examine France and Italy as two particularly important cases, as both are widely seen as facing serious

The Kremlin’s Trojan Horses 2.0

By Atlantic Council Read the Publication (PDF) “Russia’s interference in the US presidential election in 2016 sent a signal to the West: democratic societies are deeply vulnerable to foreign influence,” writes Dr. Alina Polyakova in The Kremlin’s Trojan Horses 2.0: Russian Influence in Greece, Italy, and Spain, a new report from the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center. Following a successful installment on Russian influence in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom,

Italian Students Learn ‘Ten Commandments’ for Spotting Fake News

By Codastory Italian high school students are being taught how to spot fake news stories and conspiracy theories, ahead of parliamentary elections due next year. Among the lessons being introduced for at least 8,000 high schools will be a kind of Ten Commandments on how to treat online content, according to The New York Times. Examples include: Thou shalt not share unverified news; thou shall ask for sources and evidence;

Italy to Launch Disinformation Curriculum

By Codastory Ahead of its 2018 parliamentary elections, Italian secondary schools will incorporate a course on identifying and debunking fake news. The program, with the support of digital tech giants such as Facebook, will launch in 8,000 Italian high schools later this month. Supporters of the initiative hope that it will teach Italy’s future electorate about the dangers of consuming and sharing unverified news. Lower parliamentary house president Laura Boldrini,

Fake: Italian Journalist Claims Ukrainians Fighting on Side of ISIS

Italian journalist Lucia Goracci while reporting from the Syrian city of Aleppo points to graffitti written in Cyrillic, attributes it to Ukrainians and implies that they are most likely fighting on the side of ISIS. In a news report aired on the Italian channel TG1 on February 14, 2016 Goracci points to writing on a demolished wall and says “This writing is in the Russian alphabet, it is the city

Italy Denies Blocking Sanctions against Russia

World media informed that Italy had opposed to extending anti-Russian sanctions by the EU. The first media to report this were news agencies ANSA, Reuters and RAI News, which claim to be informed by their diplomatic source in Brussels. The news of the agencies states that Italy did not support the renewal of the European Union’s sanctions against Russia, imposed because of Russian aggression in Ukraine, at a meeting of

Fake: Italians Ask Putin to Save the World

Covering the recent visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin to Italy, Russian media misleadingly reported that Italians in Milan enthusiastically supported his visit to a meeting near “EXPO-2015.” On June 10-11, the news was covered by RIA Novosti, Zvezda, CRNews, and REN-TV. They reported that local demonstrators held posters with such slogans in English as “Putin, Save the World,” “Hurrah to Putin,” and “Russia, Forward!” RIA Novosti ran an article

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