Posts by De Facto

Lack of information as a form of disinformation

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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Progress on case studies and other outputs

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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A new FB communication channel

In the last few months, while many people enjoy their vacation, we were working on setting up and expanding anothe communciation 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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Progress check: Disinformation case studies

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 and art

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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De Facto milestone reached

The De Facto project partners gathered in Velenje, Slovenia, on May 16-17, to take stock of the activity progress. A very-intensive 2-day session recognised that a major milestone is now reached with the official closure of the work on the new, education-related framework od mis- and disinformation. This framework is now available, conveniently spread along…

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Deep Fake AI put to good use

On Apr 9, 2019, there is a somewhat unconventional media buzz across the world. The #MalariaMustDie campaign (https://www.malariamustdie.com) is being launched, with the slogan “Malaria must die, so millions may live”. You may wish to read about malaria (resources provided by the World Health Organisation) and join the campaign. The campaign face is David Beckham,…

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Progress check: survey on learning assignment practices gaining traction

Our De Facto surveys on the learning assignment practices are getting traction now. The survey which is oriented towards educators has 536 respondents so far, and the survey which explores the learners’ side of this learning activity has collected 1239 responses (both numbers as of today). We are soon to start processing the available data…

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Trapped in a hoax: survivors of conspiracy theories speak out*

We don’t usually do reprints. But this is a special case, and we will not do a classical reprint. The Guardian published an article with this title on 24th of January, 2019, written — rather masterfully, we think — by Ed Pilkington, the Giardian US’ Chief reporter. Pilkington reminds of some truly astonishing stats brought up…

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