Tag Archives: fake news

How Finland is fighting fake news – in the classroom

(21 May 2019)  Studies show a positive relationship between the level of education and resilience to fake news, the Open Society Institute report said, with more knowledge and better critical-thinking skills guarding against fabricated information. Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands are among countries that teach digital literacy and critical thinking about misinformation to school children. Read […]


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Exposure to incorrect information is widespread in most emerging economies surveyed

(10 May 2019)  Exposure to false or incorrect information is a key concern for people in 11 emerging economies, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. Many social media users report being regularly exposed to misinformation when using the platforms. In most countries surveyed, more than a quarter of social media and messaging app users say they frequently […]


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Fears over Singapore’s ‘fake news’ proposal

(25 Apr 2019)  Academics fear global reach of new Singaporean legislation could result in censorship of international academic journals. New Singaporean legislation that is set to ban “false information” online hosted anywhere in the world poses a “severe threat” to academic freedom across the globe, scholars have warned. Earlier this month, the country’s government introduced a […]


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The growing need for digital literacy

(22 February 2018) It’s no secret that the bulk of research is now being done online, both in and outside of the classroom. Whether you’re a student, instructor or researcher, there’s no faster or easier way to get the information you want than to head to the web. But just because the internet has improved […]


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# Call to Action – Fake News, Misinformation and Post-Truth:

Who is responsible? What are you doing about it? (1 November 2017) We have all been hearing about these topics via various media and communication platforms, but how do we move the agenda forward – From Talk to Action? Singapore Management University Libraries invites you to a forum where you will hear the voices of […]


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The ‘F’ word…overheard along the concourse

By Rajendra Munoo (Head of Learning Services & Research Librarian) and Yuyun Wirawati Ishak (Head of Information Services), SMU Libraries (14 September 2017) Have you been duped by #FakeNews and #AlternativeFacts recently? If you are relying on social media for your daily diet of news, information and gossip, then you should, by now, be flabbergasted […]


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IFLA’s How to Spot Fake News poster, in many languages

(1 March 2017) The poster that the International Federation Of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) produced on, How to spot fake news (shown here) is available in many languages, including Japanese, Latvian, Portuguese, Romanian, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian. In each case there is a jpg and a pdf, and IFLA are happy for people to […]


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The challenge facing libraries in an era of fake news

(5 January 2017) Thirty or 40 years ago, a student writing a research paper on the topic of acid rain might have needed to decide whether an article from a scientific journal like Nature was a more appropriate source than an article from a popular magazine like Time. Today’s students, however, must know how to […]


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