Fake News and Disinformation

Fake news and disinformation are increasingly spreading on the internet, especially on social media. But how can you recognize fake news, and why is it being shared so widely? This collection presents the issue and gives some tips on how to protect yourself from fake news and disinformation.

  • 2019
  • 13-14
  • 9 Titles

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How to Think Like a Computer Bias and Reliability New

The concept of bias is explained through everyday activities. A teenage girl, Ada, asks her friend Computer Head (CH) an everyday question which is open to bias. She then looks at the results obtained from search engines and how some sites can be biased. Teacher notes: You could use this video to discuss what we can look for when using ...
  • 2016
  • 00:03:00
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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The National Can a law really stop fake news?

India, the world's biggest democracy, heads to the polls in just a few months. It's a country where fake news has actually killed people, something the government is looking to stop by making the dissemination of fake news against the law. But can a law actually stop fake news?
  • 2019
  • 00:02:52
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/12/2019

The National Canadians, politicians targeted by foreign interference, electronic spy agency says

Canadians are vulnerable to foreign interference in this fall's federal election — and the meddling is already underway, according to a new report from the federal electronic spy agency, Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC).
  • 2019
  • 00:03:46
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/02/2019

News in Review - January 2017 Disinformation and Lies: The Dangers of Fake News

When a man walked into a New York pizza parlour in December 2016 with an assault rifle and said he was checking out the story that there was a child sex-trafficking ring in the basement, run by former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, the world took notice. It was a fake news story called "Pizzagate," planted online, that went viral. Now ...
  • 2017
  • 00:21:25
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/27/2017

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  • NIR-17-01 - Disinformation and Lies: The Dangers of Fake News

News in Review - September 2019 Online Distortion: Is Canada Facing Election Interference? New

As we move towards a federal election this fall, many voters will be influenced by what they read online. And much of that is misinformation, distortion and sadly, fake news. Canada is not immune to election interference. In fact, experts say we're already being targeted. CBC's Adrienne Arsenault seeks out those who have been tracking the threat to find out ...
  • 2019
  • 00:15:23
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/05/2019

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  • NIR-19-09 - PDF - Online Distortion: Is Canada Facing Election Interference?

  • NIR-19-09 - PPT - Online Distortion: Is Canada Facing Election Interference?

The National Researching the spread of fake news and its impact

Researching the spread of fake news and its impact was the focus of a new report from MIT researchers on how rumours can spread faster and farther than the truth. Perhaps one of the more surprising findings is the suggestion that humans are a bigger issue in the spread of fake news than the bots that often get blamed.
  • 2018
  • 00:02:57
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/28/2018

News in Review - October 2018 Safeguarding Social Media: Facebook's Challenge

Facebook has been the shooting star of social media platforms. Nothing could stop its meteoric rise as two billion users signed up to communicate and share online. But recent scandals from fake news to extremist content have plagued the firm and users are losing trust. If the firm cannot secure personal information and stop hackers, how can users feel safe? ...
  • 2018
  • 00:14:59
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/16/2018

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  • NIR-18-10 - PDF - Safeguarding Social Media: Facebook's Challenge

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The National Tracking bots in the lead-up to the U.S. midterms

Various sites, apps and dashboards have been created to track everything from fake accounts to hashtag hijacking in the lead-up to the U.S. midterms. In this dispatch from Wilkes-Barre, Penn., Steven D'Souza looks at the role social media and fake news will play in this November’s elections, and meets the people being tasked with tackling the problem.
  • 2018
  • 00:06:04
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/06/2018