#IWASFAKE Course 2

BEYOND FAKE VS FACT: Post-truth, Algorithms, and Media Distrust

Course 1 (“Dealing with Disinformation Amidst the Infodemic”) of the #IWASFAKE Remote Learning Resources discussed the fundamentals of disinformation in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. We learned about the key terms, the different categories and examples, and, most importantly, the habits we must practice to deal with disinformation — healthy skepticism, verification, reporting and empathetic conversations. 

In Course 2, we will zoom out our lenses and explore the bigger picture. The problem of disinformation is way more complex than the simple binary of fake versus fact. It is a product of diverse and intersecting factors (i.e., commercial, technological, political, social, psychological, etc). There are various social issues that we must look into so that we can better understand the situation our world is facing today. Why is there so much fakery and deception around us? Why are people so easily fooled? Why are some quick to dismiss facts while easily believing in lies? How can our society function when there is so much hate, disagreement, and distrust? 

To answer these questions, we must unpack some important concepts and theories. But do not be intimidated because these concepts are not abstract, vague, nor complicated. Instead, they can help us better understand the information crisis that the world is going through today.

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#IWASFAKE Webinars

RESISTING DISINFODEMIC: Will Patient Zero Ever Find a Cure? is a panel discussion and virtual launch of #IWASFAKE Remote Learning Resources. The panel of experts includes Raffy Tima (veteran journalist, GMA Network), Dr. Ma. Diosa Labiste (professor, UP College of Mass Communication), and Marlon Nombrado (co-founder, OOTB Media Literacy). It is hosted by TV reporter and co-founder of OOTB Media Literacy, Darlene Cay.

BREAKING BARRIERS: Overcoming the Many Barriers to Countering Disinformation features experts in tech and psychology discuss the different barriers to countering disinformation. Are our brains really wired to fall for “fake news”? Is there a way to redesign social media to make it less vulnerable to the infodemic? 

Take the Basic Learning Course Modules

“Fake news” and the Infodemic

Misinformation & Disinformation

Practicing Healthy Skepticism

Basic Verification & Reporting

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