Introduction to "Think before you link"

On your device, wading through conflicting, contradictory and changing streams of information? Balancing YouTube  news channels, WhatsApp messages, politicians’ radio claims and rumours and reality on social media?

The web was supposed to keep us informed and up to date. However, the pandemic has shown us that news is much like a virus, it can mutate and evolve.

We're going to practice digital hygine learn how to "think before you link". You will learn how to identify accurate information via your mobile phone. Sign up our webinany series with the "truth team".

Unit 1 | Recognize misinformation shared via messaging (WhatsApp, SMS)

Our first webinany is about information that is posted and shared via messaging. You will receive [INSERT INTERVAL] messages and you'll learn how to identify who is likely to be a reliable messenger and what information is probably trustworthy.

For [TIME PERIOD] days, you’ll receive a message each day from [INSERT NAME OF MEMBER OF THE “Truth Team”] and learn how to recognize misinformation.

Glossary: Misinformation - false, misleading or inacurate information that is not completly true.
Unit 2 | Identify influencers and algorithms on social media 

Our second webinany is about how our collective attention is being hijacked by collective narratives that heard and amplified via social media. 

As a group, we will follow and unpack our Facebook / Instagram / Twitter newsfeeds. You will explore examples of how social media platforms, in pursuit of profit and power, are spreading influence to advance their own agendas and manipulate our public lives.

For [TIME PERIOD], you'll discover the power of appealing, addictive and distractive attention economy algorithms. You will also see how these technologies are enabling and amplifying an "infodemic" that undermines our ability to respond systematically to Covid-19.

Glossary: Infodemic is an over abandance of misinformation that makes it hard for people to find trustworthy sources and reliable guidance.
Unit 3 | Practice debunking with online verification tools used by fact-checkers.

Our third webinany is about how you can ne pro-active and respond to the swiling mass of fakery on the internet. You will learn how to use tools to keep you safe, informed and productive. You will explore what fact checkers are doing to debunk and verify information.

For [TIME PERIOD] days, you’ll receive an email from [INSERT NAME OF MEMBER OF THE “Truth Team”] who will show you how to build digital resiance. YOu will be introduced to reverse image search tools (like RevEye and Google’s Reverse Image. Search,) to check the veracity of images. You'll learn about context collapse and how to pick apart viral videos (InVid and YouTube Dataviewer). You will also assess social media profiles and maybe, be invited to join the truth team.

Glossary: Disinformation - false information that is delivertly spread by powerful interests, intended to deceive.