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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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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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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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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We are now officially launching two De Facto surveys to collect information on the practices and attitudes related to sourcing and using different types of information. We are focusing on learners (16+) in schools, universities and adult learning, and on teachers and educators. The surveys are available in English, Bulgarian, Czech, Dutch, Italian, Polish and…

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A few months in our work, we took some time to write about our concerns and suggestions on tackling disinformation and its impact on education and training systems in letters to Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, and Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport. We are thankful for the reply…

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In 2016, Nick Nelson, Netflix’s Global Manager of Creative Services, reportedly said: “We conducted some consumer research studies that indicated artwork was not only the biggest influencer to a member’s decision to watch content, but it also constituted over 82% of their focus while browsing Netflix. We also saw that users spent an average of 1.8…

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A brief notice from a MIT research team on the spread of true and false news online which focused on Twitter news stories was published in March 2018 (full-text publication from Science Magazine may be obtained here). The team worked on some 126,000 cascades (tweet threads) posted between 2006 and 2017. What we find interesting…

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