• “Governments should promote news literacy and strong professional journalism.
  • The news industry must provide high-quality journalism to build public trust, and correct fake news and disinformation without legitimizing them.
  • Technology companies should invest in tools that identify fake news, reduce financial incentives for those who profit from disinformation, and improve online accountability.
  • Educational institutions should make informing people about news literacy a high priority.
  • Finally, individuals should follow a diversity of news sources, and be skeptical of what they read and watch.”

–from How to combat fake news and disinformation, by Darrel; M. West, from The Brookings Institute, a nonprofit public policy organization that conducts research to solve problems facing society

Get used to this keyboard shortcut: Ctrl+T (or Command+T on a Mac). That creates a new browser tab in Chrome and Firefox. The reason: It enables you to ask questions and hopefully get some answers with a quick web search.

It’s an exercise called lateral reading. While reading an article, Step 1 is to open a browser tab. Step 2 is to ask yourself these questions:

  • Who is behind the information?
  • What is the evidence?
  • What do other sources say?

–from How to deal with a crisis of disinformation, by Brian X. Chen, The New York Times, Oct. 14, 2020

Play the game

Developed by University of Cambridge psychologists in partnership with the UK Government. The game gives players a taste of the techniques and motivations behind the spread of coronavirus misinformation – thus “inoculating” them against its influence.

“Misinformation is a broader classification of false or inaccurate claims shared largely unwittingly and without the intention to deceive. Disinformation is a specific subset of misinformation created with deliberate intentions to deceive. Both have caused significant and real harm throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.”

–from Meeting COVID-19 Misinformation and Disinformation Head-on, from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health