De Facto at a milestone and it’s still a go!

August 31, 2020

Our initiative against mis- and disinformation reached an important milestone at the end of August 2020 with the formal expiration of the Erasmus+ grant funding. These have been challenging two…

Practical cooperation with EU Disinfo Observatory to start soon

July 11, 2020

During a short practical webinar held on July 10th by memebers of the European Observatory Against Disinformation (SOMA), the NTCenter’s team  who attended the digital event had the opportunity to…

De Facto Newsletter #3

July 9, 2020

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De Facto becomes a member of the EU Observatory against disinformation

April 1, 2020

We are pleased to announce that De Facto has become the latest member of the EU Observatory for disinformation (Social Observatory for Disinformation and Social Media Analysis – SOMA). This…

De Facto Newsletter #2

February 3, 2020

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The pilot De Facto training for educators is already a fact!

February 3, 2020

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…

7 Days

January 20, 2020

De Facto goes public in front of educators from 7 countries in just 7 days from now! On January 27, teachers and trainers from seven EU countries meet in Ghent,…

De Facto project receives an Award for Excellence

December 6, 2019

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…

De Facto group created on FB for education professionals

November 29, 2019

We are pleased to announce that we have now activated a Facebook group targeted at the wider community of education professionals and stakeholders. In the very short-term, this group will…

UNESCO and Twitter with a Handbook on media literacy to help educators

October 30, 2019

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…

Lack of information as a form of disinformation

September 25, 2019

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…

Progress on case studies and other outputs

September 9, 2019

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.…

A new FB communication channel

August 27, 2019

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…

Progress check: Disinformation case studies

July 16, 2019

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…

Deep fake and art

July 16, 2019

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…

De Facto Newsletter #1

June 8, 2019

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De Facto milestone reached

May 24, 2019

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…

Deep Fake AI put to good use

April 9, 2019

On Apr 9, 2019, there is a somewhat unconventional media buzz across the world. The #MalariaMustDie campaign ( is being launched, with the slogan “Malaria must die, so millions may…

Progress check: survey on learning assignment practices gaining traction

March 14, 2019

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…

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

January 24, 2019

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…

De Facto Surveys Launched

January 18, 2019

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…

De Facto now liaises with the European Commission

December 27, 2018

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…

The 1884 science fiction novel which redefines cognitive reality with an Euclidean touch

November 6, 2018

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions. It is a science fiction novel which mathematicians love. Also physicians, architects, designers, abstractionists. Written in London by Edwin A. Abbott, a school principal…

Picture supremacy

October 28, 2018

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…

Faster and Deeper?

October 24, 2018

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…

Factoid, or how a word could mean two opposite things

October 22, 2018

If you read these three randomly selected dictionary entries, you may feel a bit disoriented. Is it not a dictionary’s main purpose to provide accurate definition(s) of a word? And…

Official start of project

October 17, 2018

De Facto partners gathered for the first time in Sofia on October 15-16, giving a start to the project. NTCenter, the coordinator, hosted the intensive meeting with day one dedicated…