The first training on De Facto approach to identify and counteract disinformation in education context took place between 27th and 31st of January in Ghent, Belgium. Our hosts from Arteveldehogeschool did their best to create friendly and inspiring working environment for the 21 participants from the 7 partner organisations. The reception of De Facto theoretical…

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On December 6, 2019, in Sofia, the Bulgarian National Agency for Erasmus+ held its annual conference which this year also coincided with the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the organisation. It was a high-profile event attended by several cabinet ministers and deputies, and the opening speech was delivered by Mrs Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for…

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On October 24, 2019, Twitter published a handbook on media literacy as part of their partnership in this area with UNESCO. The handbook attempts to “provide insight into how Twitter can be used by educators and social actors of all kinds to innovate for better learning outcomes”. The two organisations hope that this will contribute…

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We are often focusing on how wording, context and biases can constitute disinformation and mislead. On September 25, an article in The Guardian newspaper revealed how the Chinese government is using the popular video-sharing social media platform TikTok to promote their foreing policy interests through targeted censorship and vague rules. Earlier this year TikTok reached…

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During an intensive 2-day work meeting, with all De Facto partners having gathered on September 5-6 in Palermo, Sicily, we reviewed the progress on the key outputs of the project. Reports indicate that the challenging timetable is being successfully followed and that a total of 8 thematic case studies are nearing completion. With each case…

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In the last few months, while many people enjoy their vacation, we were working on setting up and expanding another communication channel to stay close to our audience. The new De Facto page on Facebook now has more than 1700 followers and the community is growing at a pace. We will be using this channel…

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With summer in full swing, De Facto is not on vacation. Partners are working intensively on a set of very specific case studies through which, in a variety of learning environment, we will be introducing to educators and learners the new approach to mis- and disinformation based on cognitive science. We have already agreed most…

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Deep fake has a somewhat negative vibe. And unsurprisingly so, as in almost all cases it refers to disinformation. Which, by default, means some evil people trying to kill all unicorns and rule the world forever. We already presented a case of use of deep fake for public good – read this post if you…

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