Nowadays a common topic in the media: fake news

ECP is an independent and neutral platform which collaboratively monitors new technology and its application in Dutch society, focusing on responsibility, ethics and exchange of knowledge between government, NGO and other sectors. The aim is to create a strong information society in the Netherlands through understanding of the use of new media. So it follows that teaching children how to critically analyse and respond to ‘fake news’ is of high importance.

Although research shows that fake news in the Netherlands does not yet have a major negative impact on society, alertness is required ( rijksoverheid.nl ). Because how do we distinguish real news from fake news? And what impact do filter bubbles have on voting behavior?

Fake news, also called misinformation, is sometimes innocent and entertaining (such as the messages from the satirical online news magazine De Speld and The Onion) and is sometimes made to generate clicks. But it can also have the purpose of influencing public opinion. More and more governments, companies, organizations and citizens are concerned about this kind of fake news. The Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations announced an online awareness campaign about fake news at the end of last year.

With two elections in prospect (March 20 the Provincial Council elections and May 23 the European elections), ECP | Platform for the Information Society in collaboration with Netwerk Mediawijsheid on Monday, March 18, a masterclass on recognising fake news.

The Dimitri Tokmetzis program will explain how algorithms can promote radicalization. Once you watch politically tinted films, you run the risk of falling into a rabbit hole that leads to increasingly extreme films. Next, Edo Haveman, Head of Publicity at Facebook, will discuss the measures that Facebook is taking to guarantee the integrity of elections on social media. Afterwards, IJsbrand Terpstra from DROG explains how they use games to make people more resilient to fake news. Finally, online journalist Brenno de Winter analyze a number of fake news reports from home and abroad for rhetoric.

Information on the workshops and masterclass can be found HERE. Participation is free of charge.