As the use of technology grows in everyday life, more people have been turning to online sources for news and information. While this allows people to get more knowledge and to be more informed, not all the information available online is reliable. Disinformation and fake news flood the worldwide web and research has shown that many of us are unable to tell real and fake news apart. If we take a look at the current Covid-19 pandemic, we can see the impact of spreading disinformation or misinformation and how it can spread fear, anxiety, suspicion, hatred, racism, xenophobia and prejudice among our society, as well as damage an individual’s health who may believe treatments that turn out to be hoaxes.
To equip the communities with tools to combat disinformation and with sufficient knowledge to spot which information is inaccurate, the Media Hacks consortium aims to develop an approach to enhance the media literacy of local communities to the ground-up; by surrounding local community members to be producers of reliable media content for their own communities and as well ethical consumers of content.
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