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Can Social Media Be 'Fixed'?
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The Newseum Ed website is dedicated to critical thinking about what we see in the news and on social media. This is an article from 2018 when the leaders of Google and Facebook testified before Congress. The Newseum Ed website is dedicated to critical thinking about what we see in the news and on social media. This is an article from 2018 when the leaders of Google and Facebook testified before Congress. Show less
Newseum Ed - Fact Finder Guide
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A free membership lets you review tools and techniques for evaluating news stories and social media posts. A free membership lets you review tools and techniques for evaluating news stories and social media posts. Show less
Think for Yourself
The Ultimate Guide to Critical Thinking in An Age of Information Overload
Book - 2020
Debunk It!
How to Stay Sane in A World of Misinformation
Book - 2014
Bullspotting
Finding Facts in the Age of Misinformation
Book - 2012
Your Bias is...
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Get to know your biases with a School of Thought website recommended by Dr. Christopher Dwyer. Get to know your biases with a School of Thought website recommended by Dr. Christopher Dwyer. Show less
Thou shalt not commit logical fallacies
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A logical fallacy is a flaw in reasoning. Logical fallacies are like tricks or illusions of thought, and they're often very sneakily used by politicians a...Show more A logical fallacy is a flaw in reasoning. Logical fallacies are like tricks or illusions of thought, and they're often very sneakily used by politicians and the media to fool people. Don't be fooled! This website from The School of Thought has been designed to help you identify and call out dodgy logic wherever it may raise its ugly, incoherent head. Show less
Memory Machinery, Cognitive Biases, and Intuitive Traps
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Check out this University of South Florida presentation to learn how we can apply critical thinking techniques to be more informed about what we're seeing and hearing in the news and social media. Check out this University of South Florida presentation to learn how we can apply critical thinking techniques to be more informed about what we're seeing and hearing in the news and social media. Show less
What To Do If Your Family Or Friends Shares Misinformation On Facebook
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By Brittany Wong 09/22/2020 05:09pm EDT | Updated October 27, 2020 "...According to a 2017 study by researchers from NYU and Stanford, social media...Show more By Brittany Wong 09/22/2020 05:09pm EDT | Updated October 27, 2020 "...According to a 2017 study by researchers from NYU and Stanford, social media plays a larger role in bringing people to fake news sites than it plays in bringing them to real news sites. More than 40% of visits to 65 fake news sites came from social media, compared to around 10% of visits to 690 top U.S. news sites, according to the researchers. ...First, you have to understand the difference between disinformation and misinformation. ...Make sure what the person posted is false or misleading. ...Decide if you should publicly respond or direct message them. ...Consider the feelings and perspective of the sharer and be smart about the sources you cite. ...Remember that fact-checking is a team effort. When you approach this conversation with empathy and treat fact-checking as a team activity, it’s bound to reduce resistance." Show less
Civic Online Reasoning (COR)
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Students are confused about how to evaluate online information. We all are. The COR curriculum provides free lessons and assessments that help you teach students to evaluate online information that affects them, their communities, and the world. Students are confused about how to evaluate online information. We all are. The COR curriculum provides free lessons and assessments that help you teach students to evaluate online information that affects them, their communities, and the world. Show less
AllSides.com - Facts and Fact Checking
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Fact checks and fact checkers can still display media bias. Some might even turn out to be fake news, as we saw when President Trump inquired about using ...Show more Fact checks and fact checkers can still display media bias. Some might even turn out to be fake news, as we saw when President Trump inquired about using disinfectant as a possible coronavirus treatment. In the face of this "infodemic," AllSides is curating a balanced newsfeed of the latest fact checks from throughout the political spectrum, and balanced facts on hundreds of topics and issues. We've also created a page that specifically displays fact checks and other content related to COVID-19 misinformation. Show less
RAND Research Project: Truth Decay
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RAND defines Truth Decay as the diminishing role of facts and data in American public life. There are four trends that characterize Truth Decay: increasi...Show more RAND defines Truth Decay as the diminishing role of facts and data in American public life. There are four trends that characterize Truth Decay: increasing disagreement about facts and analytical interpretations of facts and data a blurring of the line between opinion and fact the increasing relative volume and resulting influence of opinion and personal experience over fact declining trust in formerly respected sources of facts. Show less
Opinion: Don’t Go Down the Rabbit Hole (Charlie Warzel, New York Times)
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Influenced by the research of Sam Wineburg, a professor at Stanford, and Sarah McGrew, an assistant professor at the University of Maryland, Mr. Caulfield...Show more Influenced by the research of Sam Wineburg, a professor at Stanford, and Sarah McGrew, an assistant professor at the University of Maryland, Mr. Caulfield argued that the best way to learn about a source of information is to leave it and look elsewhere, a concept called lateral reading. In 2016, Mr. Caulfield met Mr. Wineburg, who suggested modeling the process after the way professional fact checkers assess information. Mr. Caulfield refined the practice into four simple principles: 1. Stop. 2. Investigate the source. 3. Find better coverage. 4. Trace claims, quotes and media to the original context. Otherwise known as SIFT. Show less
Reality Team
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Reality Team is a project of Hacks/Hackers – a 501c3 dedicated to supporting journalism, knowledge and ideas. In particular, we focus on the intersectio...Show more Reality Team is a project of Hacks/Hackers – a 501c3 dedicated to supporting journalism, knowledge and ideas. In particular, we focus on the intersection between journalism and technology. We are proud to be supported by a grant from the Craig Newmark Philanthropies. Reality Team is powered by a team of communications professionals, technologists, cybersecurity and disinformation analysts from the private and public sector who are committed to pushing back against disinformation. Our content is entirely independent, and non-partisan, focused on dispelling myths, rumors and disinformation. Show less
Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency: Rumor Control
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Mis- and disinformation can undermine public confidence in the electoral process, as well as in our democracy. Elections are administered by state and lo...Show more Mis- and disinformation can undermine public confidence in the electoral process, as well as in our democracy. Elections are administered by state and local officials who implement numerous safeguards to protect the security of your vote pursuant to various state and federal laws and processes. This resource is designed to debunk common misinformation and disinformation narratives and themes that relate broadly to the security of election infrastructure and related processes. It is not intended to address jurisdiction-specific claims. Instead, this resource addresses election security rumors by describing common and generally applicable protective processes, security measures, and legal requirements designed to protect against or detect large-scale security issues related to election infrastructure and processes. You can learn more about mis- and disinformation from CISA’s Mis-, Dis-, Malinformation (MDM) team (https://www.cisa.gov/mdm). Show less
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