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Propaganda, Fake News and Misinformation
There is obviously no shortage of discussion around how much misinformation is currently available to information users and there really is no need to point out the various ways we can be fooled. The information environment isn't going to change for the better any time soon. The goal now is how to react in such a way to our information environment so that a minimal amount of damage occurs.
Online Verification Skills Series
Break Your Own News
The Breaking News Meme Generator -Today's top story... you! Or, whatever you want. Add your pic, write the headline and we'll go live to the scene. Sort of.
A Citizen's Guide to Fake News
This site was developed in the Spring and Summer of 2018 by graduate students at the University of California Santa Barbara, through a seminar in the Information, Technology, & Society PhD emphasis program associated with the UCSB Center for Information Technology and Society, a research, education, and outreach center dedicated to understanding technology in our lives.
FactCheck.org is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. It is a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.
News Literacy Project
The News Literacy Project, a nonpartisan national education nonprofit, provides programs and resources for educators and the public to teach, learn and share the abilities needed to be smart, active consumers of news and information and equal and engaged participants in a democracy.
Open Secrets: Center for Responsive Politics
Nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit, the Center for Responsive Politics is the nation's premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy.
Fact-checking journalism is the heart of PolitiFact. The core principles are independence, transparency, fairness, thorough reporting and clear writing. PolitiFact's goal is to give citizens the information they need to govern themselves in a democracy.
When misinformation obscures the truth and readers don’t know what to trust, Snopes’ fact-checking and original, investigative reporting lights the way to evidence-based and contextualized analysis. Snopes always links to and documents their sources so readers are empowered to do independent research and make up their own minds.
Washington Post Fact Checker
The purpose of this website, and an accompanying column in the Sunday print edition of The Washington Post, is to “truth squad” the statements of political figures regarding issues of great importance, be they national, international or local.
60 Second Civics
60-Second Civics is a daily podcast that provides a quick and convenient way for listeners to learn about our nation’s government, the Constitution, and our history. The podcast explores themes related to civics and government, the constitutional issues behind the headlines, and the people and ideas that formed our nation’s history and government.
Civics 101 Shorts
Quick (under ten minutes), easy lessons and stories on the basis of democracy.
Civics 101: A Podcast
A list of podcast episodes of the series Civics 101: A Podcast.
Fake News: An Origin Story
An episode of the NPR podcast Hidden Brain