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The Future of Free Speech, Trolls, Anonymity and Fake News Online. Many experts fear uncivil and manipulative behaviors on the internet will persist – and may get worse.

The Future of Free Speech, Trolls, Anonymity and Fake News Online

This will lead to a splintering of social media into AI-patrolled and regulated ‘safe spaces’ separated from free-for-all zones. Some worry this will hurt the open exchange of ideas and compromise privacy The internet supports a global ecosystem of social interaction. Modern life revolves around the network, with its status updates, news feeds, comment chains, political advocacy, omnipresent reviews, rankings and ratings. Digital content curation: For students! – Kay Oddone – Medium. Originally published on LinkingLearning I’ve been a fan of digital content curation for a long time.

Digital content curation: For students! – Kay Oddone – Medium

I’ve blogged about it on many occasions; first waxing lyrical about Diigo way back in 2011, then celebrating the new year in 2013 by suggesting resolutions to use curation to manage content overload and then reflecting on curation as an art form more recently. So what could I have left to write about, six years after my original post, and is digital content curation even relevant anymore? Recently it has come to my attention that everyone is looking for strategies to organise the huge amount of digital information we engage with every day, and I have started thinking that perhaps we don’t find content curation easy because we were never taught how to do it.

My previous posts were always focused upon the value of curation for teachers and teacher librarians. Getting Out of the Filter Bubble: Finding The Real You Online. I recently had a great (and timely) conversation with one of the counselors from International School Manila at the EARCOS Teacher’s Conference in Kota Kinnabalu, Malaysia (check out all the resources from all of my sessions here).

Getting Out of the Filter Bubble: Finding The Real You Online

She said: “I wish there was a way to help students recognize what their online profile looks like to other people. They often think what they’re posting is great, but it can be hard for them to view it through someone else’s eyes.” The conversation was great because it’s such an important topic to highlight with students. And, it was timely, because this week, our Eduro Learning Facebook live topic is advanced search techniques, so it really got me thinking about how important it is for students to experience and reflect on the actually process and results of searching. And even if we do have those conversations, there’s another very specific challenge to having a true view of our digital footprint. Middle / High School Lesson Idea: Layers of You Going Further. How “News Literacy” Gets the Web Wrong. I have a simple web literacy model.

How “News Literacy” Gets the Web Wrong

When confronted with a dubious claim: Check for previous fact-checking workGo upstream to the sourceRead laterally. Google and Facebook Can’t Just Make Fake News Disappear. Increasingly, I’m frustrated by (and often antagonistic toward) the emergent narrative about how to address so-called “fake news.”

Google and Facebook Can’t Just Make Fake News Disappear

My anger is growing, not only because as I write this I’m almost 10 months pregnant and grouchy, but also because I see the possibility of well-intended interventions backfiring. I understand why folks want to do something now — there’s a lot of energy in this space, and the underlying issues at play have significant consequences for democracy and society. Yet what’s happening at this present moment is not actually new. It’s part of a long and complicated history, and it sheds light on a variety of social, economic, cultural, technological, and political dynamics that will not be addressed through simplistic solutions. Inside The Fake News Fight At Apple, Snapchat, Facebook, And More. Since the 2016 presidential election, it’s become clear that fake news could have impacted the result.

Inside The Fake News Fight At Apple, Snapchat, Facebook, And More

And social media was its perfect enabler–built for the rapid sharing of articles that aren’t necessarily even read, and designed to validate quack sites with the same design treatment as the New York Times. But everyone makes mistakes. The question now isn’t whether fake news swayed the election. Google Should Be a Librarian, not a Family Feud Contestant. I’ve been investigating Google snippets lately, based on some work that other people have done.

Google Should Be a Librarian, not a Family Feud Contestant

These are the “cards” that pop up on top sometimes, giving the user what appears to be the “one true answer”. Top 10 sites to help students check their facts. Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers. Fake News: A Library Resource Round-Up. 3 Fast, Free Lesson Plans to Fight Fake News. Will we now take information literacy skills seriously? I keep having to bite my tongue a lot late from muttering, "People are idiots.

Will we now take information literacy skills seriously?

" I am sure many are doing the same when they look at me. But there you are. The recent brouhaha over the term "alternate facts" makes it seem like everything people have been reading in the media and online has been true up until Trump was elected president. You are the new gatekeeper of the news. News consumers today face a flood of fake news and information.

You are the new gatekeeper of the news

Distinguishing between fact and fiction has become increasingly challenging. In the past, news organizations sifted through information to try to determine its validity and veracity. Being trusted for what they reported became an important part of journalists’ reputations. But that was then. You are part of the problem Now the gatekeeping role that the legacy media newspapers and network television news once played falls to all of us.

Journalists no longer decide what goes public. Log In - New York Times. Medium, and The Reason You Can’t Stand the News Anymore. In January, Medium founder Ev Williams announced that despite his company’s efforts to better the news industry, it would refocus.

Medium, and The Reason You Can’t Stand the News Anymore.

The reason? Distraction Is Actually Ruining This Country – Backchannel. Yesterday the press got a shocking slap on the wrist. “The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while,” said Steve Bannon, a top Trump advisor. To quote Norm MacDonald, holy crow! What an attack. Bannon then took his assault on the press a step further, dubbing the media “the opposition party.” But as the surprise wore off, my thinking evolved. In the last week alone, we first became obsessed with fake news, wringing our hands over fictions about protesters getting paid to disrupt the inauguration. Log In - New York Times. How to tell fake news from real news. In November 2016, Stanford University researchers made an alarming discovery: across the US, many students can’t tell the difference between a reported news article, a persuasive opinion piece, and a corporate ad.

This lack of media literacy makes young people vulnerable to getting duped by “fake news” — which can have real consequences. Want to strengthen your own ability to tell real news from fake news? Start by asking these five questions of any news item: Did Media Literacy Backfire? – Data & Society: Points. Anxious about the widespread consumption and spread of propaganda and fake news during this year’s election cycle, many progressives are calling for an increased commitment to media literacy programs. Others are clamoring for solutions that focus on expert fact-checking and labeling. What these teens learned about the Internet may shock you! When the AP United States history students at Aragon High School in San Mateo California, scanned the professionally designed pages of www.minimumwage.com, most concluded that it was a solid, unbiased source of facts and analysis. They noted the menu of research reports, graphics and videos, and the “About” page describing the site as a project of a “nonprofit research organization” called the Employment Policies Institute.

But then their teacher, Will Colglazier, demonstrated how a couple more exploratory clicks—critically, beyond the site itself—revealed that the Employment Policies Institute is considered by the Center for Media and Democracy to be a front group created by lobbyists for the restaurant and hotel industries. Teaching in the Post-Truth Era – Jonathan Gold – Medium. Fake News is a Real Problem. Here’s How Students Can Solve It. – John Spencer. In the war on fake news, school librarians have a huge role to play - The Verge. Do Educators Need Media Literacy as Much as Students Do? Being a librarian in a post-truth society. In the war on fake news, school librarians have a huge role to play - The Verge. 10 Ways to Search Google for Information That 96% of People Don’t Know About.

In our era of advanced technology and high-speed Internet connections, you can find information on virtually anything. Evaluating Websites as Information Sources. How to Cite Pokemon GO in MLA - EasyBib Blog. 6 Great Videos for Teaching Media Fluency. There’s no denying the influence of digital media in our daily lives. A Simple Rubric for Determining Website Credibility. The Common Thread: Weaving information Literacy. How Information Fluency Skills Help You as a Teacher. Dear teacher: copyright concerns you — copyright untangled. Five Tips for Fact Checking Your Content — # S W L H. Five Tips for Fact Checking Your Content! Creative Commons Handbook for Teachers. 5 Smart Strategies for Online Research. How to Determine Website Credibility [Rubric] Website credibility.