The manual serves as key educational material for strengthening the capacities of civil society organisations, media and the wider circle of citizens to face media manipulation.
Истражување: Ефектот на дезинформациите и странските влијанија врз демократските процеси во Северна Македонија
Insights from research and journalism are the basis for an advocacy initiative that brings together relevant stakeholders (government institutions, media associations, individual media, civil society organisations, the scientific-educational community and the private sector) to counter the toxic effects of misinformation by creating an efficient model with the inclusion of all stakeholders. Empirical research data enables advocacy initiatives to encourage appropriate public policy change and concrete actions to reduce the harmful effects of hostile foreign influences. "Excerpt from Research: The effect of misinformation and foreign influences on democratic processes in North Macedonia."
As a result of the research process and data analysis conducted within the activities to combat disinformation, the "Metamorphosis" Foundation proposes the following recommendations as a basis for joint social action to solve this problem.
In the effort to counter disinformation and improve media literacy, there are several known models for verifying if news articles accurately represent facts and events. However, nowadays, a significant part of communication is informal, for example in the form of social media posts. In such informal forums, misinformation continues to spread with the help of influencers. A new model is thus needed to analyze this type of media content.
Ciprian Cucu | 8 min read | May 4, 2023
Hybrid threats can result in war, and this has been proven by Russia, with the start of the war in Ukraine, after several years of hybrid war with Ukraine. The hybrid war includes a combination of traditional and non-traditional means with coordinated actions in the political, economic, military and information domains.
Dren Gerguri | 7 min read | Apr 26, 2023
We share the investigation and educational web series created by DIP
MAKAIA | 1 min read | Apr 24, 2023
The Hive Mind* launch in South Africa was a success. We are thankful to all our speakers who gave incredible presentations and supported the need for Hive Mind to help civil society and build digital resilience.
Sibongile Ndlovu | 4 min read | Apr 14, 2023
Across the world, the spread of disinformation is on the rise. Its volatile growth is the result of the strategic use of online disinformation, which undermines democracy and polarizes societies. While ways to combat disinformation are currently trending in the media, the existing tactics are primarily directed at fact-checkers and journalists, leaving wider civil society actors to their own devices.
Hive Mind | 2 min read | Apr 3, 2023
Research findings show that people cannot tell the difference between false and real news. This problem also affects Kosovo society, which has a high percentage of internet access (93%). One of the signs that disinformation influences the public in Kosovo is the outcome of the Raka case which is explained below.
Dren Gerguri | 5 min read | Mar 28, 2023
How eye witnessing and capturing the spur of the moment prevents disinformation
Hive Mind | 8 min read | Mar 23, 2023
In recent investigation developed by the Detox Information Project (DIP), one of the key findings has been that sexualization is used as a way to discredit arguments presented by women in politics.
MAKAIA | 3 min read | Mar 21, 2023
Phambano Technology Development Centre in partnership with Hive Mind invites you to our Hive Mind platform launch in South Africa.
Hive Mind | 2 min read | Mar 13, 2023
Do you know how to identify gender disinformation in social media? Do you know which are the biases, stereotypes and hate messages?
MAKAIA | 1 min read | Mar 3, 2023
As part of the Empowering Europeans Against Disinformation (EEAD) project, we are happy to invite all interested educators residing in Europe to express the interest and take part in a 2-day onsite Training of Trainers (ToT) on Countering Disinformation and Building Positive Narratives in Warsaw, on April 19-21, 2023.
Hive Mind | 2 min read | Feb 27, 2023
In this article, we describe the transformation of the Hungarian media system after 2010 and what civil organizations and activists can do in this centralised system. In the first half of the article, we will discuss the antidotes, while in the second half we will present the current situation.
The most important function of this highly centralised system is to effectively convey government (and pro-government) messages. It is almost impossible to find an effective and systemic antidote to this incredible volume, but it is worthwhile and important to speak out.
Mertek Media Monitor | 8 min read | Feb 26, 2023
Artificial intelligence is changing and will change even more the way we live and work. This simulation of artificial intelligence in machines that are programmed to think like humans have made it possible for humans to be replaced by machines today in some fields. But what does this mean in the field of information and what could be the misuses that we should beware of?
Dren Gerguri | 4 min read | Feb 24, 2023
The role of social networks in proliferation of manipulated information is already well established. One interesting aspect, that may need further attention, is the way social media fostered the globalization of false narratives allowing smaller, national media ecosystems to connect to more significant ones, to import and adapt narratives for local audiences. Interestingly, it is not Russia that is driving this phenomenon, but misinformation agents in the English-speaking countries, especially in the US and the UK.
Ciprian Cucu | 9 min read | Feb 24, 2023
The Empowering Europeans Against Disinformation (EEAD) project is part of TechSoup Network’s Digital Activism Program.
Since 2018, the program has been offering complex support to civil society organizations (CSOs) and their staff in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), Latin America and West Africa. In the area of countering disinformation, the program strives to increase their understanding of direct disinformation threats, strengthen their capacity to deal with disinformation, boost their knowledge in this field and expand their connections within the nonprofit network.
Hive Mind | 1 min read | Feb 17, 2023
Phambano Technology Development Centre was founded in 2017.
Our aim is to provide sustainable technology-related solutions and support technology development among civil society organisations (CSO’s) that work on social justice issues across Southern Africa.
Sibongile Ndlovu | 1 min read | Feb 16, 2023
The GURT Resource Center is an innovative accelerator of democratic transformations. Since 1995, GURT is committed to capitalizing on the potential of changemakers for the benefit of Ukraine. GURT’s head office is located in Kyiv, but their team works remotely throughout Ukraine.
Hive Mind | 1 min read | Feb 16, 2023
Cyberpsychologist Gordon Ingram explains the social and psychological consequences of the dynamics promoted by the Internet and social networks.
MAKAIA | 3 min read | Jan 23, 2023
Learn the information you need to be aware of the risks that young people and children are exposed to when using the Internet.
MAKAIA | 5 min read | Dec 20, 2022
Several experts give their opinion on the possible global outlook regarding disinformation. Some remain optimistic, while others believe it is a problem that has no solution.
MAKAIA | 5 min read | Nov 1, 2022
The reasons behind the behaviors that accept and promote disinformation.
MAKAIA | 3 min read | Nov 1, 2022
Journalists and NGOs around the world have been working for countering disinformation through institutions, organizations, and associations called "fact-checkers" (or, simply: information verifiers), which are dedicated to corroborating and verifying the veracity of information and news disseminated on digital platforms. Fact-checking as we know it today was born with Factchecker.org, a website launched in December 2003 by Brooks Jackson, a former Associated Press, Wall Street Journal, and CNN reporter.
MAKAIA | 3 min read | Sep 30, 2022
It’s been more than 4 months since Russia escalated the war in Ukraine and we are most likely preparing for a long-term conflict with all its consequences.
Maja Durlik | 2 min read | Sep 29, 2022
The term has taken the academic discussion of philosophers, journalists political scientists but is far from an intellectual discussion. It is present in our daily life and on our social networks.
MAKAIA | 6 min read | Jul 31, 2022
Join us for a panel discussion about the current war-time disinformation landscape and learn about ways of mitigating its harmful effects.
Maja Durlik | 3 min read | Jun 15, 2022
The war in Ukraine continues. We’ve been watching brave men and women fight for their country’s freedom and independence, while many others are organizing their lives after being forced to flee their country and settle abroad.
Maja Durlik | 14 min read | May 30, 2022
“NATO intervention in the Kosovo war was unjustified”. This is the narrative that the Russian and Serbian propaganda has been trying to push forward for many years.
Dren Gerguri | 3 min read | May 12, 2022
While the war in Ukraine progresses and we are forced to watch the brave men and women fight for their country’s freedom and independence, many others are organizing their lives after being forced to flee their country.
Hive Mind | 6 min read | May 6, 2022
Disinformation techniques are numerous, but all of them can fall into one of those four categories: dismiss, distort, distract, or dismay. Here is the rule of thumb that will help you recognize, predict and prepare to counter disinformation.
Hive Mind | 4 min read | Apr 11, 2022
Information can come from various sources. Most often than not, you would pick up your smartphone or open your laptop and start scrolling through content; clicking on and sharing whatever looks interesting. However, it is good to know what is going on behind the scenes…
Hive Mind | 2 min read | Apr 4, 2022
If you run a campaign or simply post on your social media channels messages about the current situation, you should anticipate some hateful comments. There are certain ways to deal with trolls.
Hive Mind | 1 min read | Mar 28, 2022
Get to know an exciting joint European project that uses technology and research against online hate. From anti-vaxxers using Eriksen’s collapse at EURO 2020 to Russian propaganda on the war in Ukraine, their content is worth taking a look at.
Bécser Vera | 2 min read | Mar 28, 2022
Russia's war against Ukraine is not only taking place on the battlefields and in besieged cities, but also in the information space. This was true even before the digital age, but war propaganda has reached a new level thanks to the possibilities of the Internet. Fake news, dubious images, videos, untraceable figures, battlefield results, not to mention conspiracy theories explaining the background to the attack.
Bécser Vera | 2 min read | Mar 24, 2022
In today's digital world, information warfare is significantly more pronounced. The war in Ukraine is also taking place on several fronts of the information world, in front of video games, TikTok, and that of fact-checkers. Therefore, the focus of journalists should be on news sources, in controlling them to avoid the possibility of fraud from manipulated information.
Dren Gerguri | 4 min read | Mar 24, 2022
Social media is based on continuous positive feedback from other users on user messages. The operators of these platforms have an obvious interest in ensuring that users spend as much time as possible on their platforms, and to do this they have a wealth of data about what content is likely to be attractive to users. This leads to an increasingly strong conviction of the user's own truth in a community of positive feedback, even if that truth is based on completely nonsensical or deliberately manipulative facts.
Mertek Media Monitor | 3 min read | Mar 24, 2022
Knowledge about disinformation is more important now than ever. Critical thinking is key and it’s worth supporting it with the knowledge on how to recognize different forms of information disorder.
Hive Mind | 4 min read | Mar 2, 2022
Dezinformacja w służbie Putina, czyli o tym jak nie wpaść w tryby machiny propagandowej: webinarium 03.03.2022 (czwartek); 18:30-19:30
Hive Mind | 2 min read | Feb 28, 2022
Media ecosystems are used to categorizing all falsehoods as fake news. However, there are differences between the types of disinformation that abound in digital media. Sure, there are fake news, but there are also other categories of misinformation.
MAKAIA | 1 min read | Feb 18, 2022
On January 21, DFR Lab, Techsoup and MAKAIA officially launched Hive Mind for Latin America. In the webinar called "5 concepts you should know about digital disinformation", we shared together with CIVIX Colombia some tips for identifying information and the different learning opportunities available in Hive Mind.
MAKAIA | 2 min read | Feb 15, 2022
PERSONAL DEMOCRACY FORUM UKRAINE (PDF UA 2022) is back!
This year PDF UA will be held on March 3-4 in Kyiv in a hybrid form.
The “Future of the Elections” is the main topic this year.
TechSoup Europe joins OPORA, TransparenCEE Network and OSCE ODIHR for the fifth time and brings "tech4good", transparency, and open data topics to the Ukrainian debate about democracy and the role of civil society.
Tytarenko Yaroslava | 2 min read | Jan 28, 2022
Social media platforms allow users to interact in a faster and easier manner. On one hand, this phenomenon helps establishing relationships and bonds beyond physical boundaries, leading to the exchange of information and content of all kinds. It is also not a secret that these platforms offer users tools for commercializing goods, products and services.
CIVIX Colombia | 4 min read | Jan 3, 2022
ESI Digital from JAAKLAC aims to promote Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE, ESI for its Spanish acronym) in relation to digital technologies to minimize online sexual risks among adolescents. The guide covers topics such as sexual and reproductive rights, digital education, internet risks in adolescence and digital safety strategies.
JAAKLAC iniciativa | 6 min read | Dec 21, 2021
A humanitarian crisis has gained momentum on the Polish-Belarusian border since August 2021. Alyaksandr Lukashenko, who rules in Belarus, has encouraged thousands of people from Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen and African countries to come to Belarus. He has done this through a deliberate campaign to disrupt the European Union. Refugees are being forced to cross the Polish border, and those who disobey are being beaten. People at the border have no food or water. Many, including children, have died. We will explore two popular anti-refugee narratives and learn about alternative or counter narratives that are worth spreading and using in discussions.
Beata Zwierzynska | 7 min read | Dec 9, 2021
We live in the Information Age. Our ability to synthesize and use information well is crucial to our fate and future well-being. Our Experts have been designing bespoke courses on topics that are relevant, set in a meaningful context and important. From making sense of the news online, to protecting your own or your organization’s digital safety and privacy.
Hive Mind | 3 min read | Nov 15, 2021
Whether it's about the ominous powers that can be lizard-people in the skin of public figures, foreigners out to destroy a country, or chips implanted by vaccines against COVID-19, fake news is spreading like wildfire on the Internet. It's not too much of a problem if you think that there are aliens lurking behind the exteriors of politicians, like in a bad B-movie.
But it can be a concrete danger to one's immediate environment to believe that coronavirus vaccines are harmful to the human body.
How do we tell our fake-news believing friends or loved ones that they should think again about these absurd misconceptions?
Mertek Media Monitor | 2 min read | Nov 10, 2021
"The Social Dilemma" movie has been made available by its makers for educators worldwide in a free, classroom-friendly, 40-minute format that can be screened during a single lesson.
Hive Mind | 2 min read | Nov 9, 2021
Digital media strategies used by the Venezuelan government, especially propaganda, provide an ample example for the way different digital tools may be used for manipulation, public opinion disinformation and favoring a particular agenda.
MAKAIA | 7 min read | Nov 8, 2021
30 Polish editors-in-chief have recently published a joint appeal to lift the ban on journalists working in the eastern border areas in Poland, where a state of emergency was introduced due to the prolonged migration crisis.
Katarzyna Sadło | 4 min read | Oct 15, 2021
In this short, educational video, Oana Despa and Codruța Simina talk about manipulation and fake news. Oana is the chief editor of Buletin de București and Codruța Simina is a journalist at PressOne, an independent media project very well known in Romania. In this episode, they meet online and together try to find out how to best identify fake sites or accounts in the social network.
Oana Despa | 2 min read | Oct 11, 2021
It is only human to defend ourselves when someone challenges us or our opinions. In case, however, when they have a clear proof that what we are saying is not based on facts, it is quite logical that we should not continue spreading false statements. If someone decides to do this, regardless of the consequences or harm this may cause, they should better watch out, as it's fact-checking time!
Dajana Markovic | 1 min read | Sep 28, 2021
The large number of likes, comments or distributions does not mean that it reflects the real number of people involved in that interactivity. The online public sphere is often contaminated by Bots and Trolls.
Dren Gerguri | 3 min read | Sep 23, 2021
Here are some guidelines for your greater well-being as a media consumer. Yes, we are all media consumers. You got that correctly. In the following video, you will find a number of useful tips and tricks that will aid your digital transformation from a regular media consumer to a Media Literacy Expert!
Dajana Markovic | 2 min read | Sep 20, 2021
We are living in an era when we can see or hear things that a person in fact did not say. You can’t imagine what Miroslav Lajčák, EU Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue, is declaring in this video! Check it out and see if it's truth or fiction...
Dren Gerguri | 1 min read | Sep 6, 2021
No matter how much the media strive to capture reality, and no matter how advanced the technology, the world portrayed in the media, from news reports to science fiction and fantasy films, is always a set, constructed, selected reality. The media, on the other hand, not only filters reality, but also shapes and reflects it. It shapes attitudes, raises or lowers themes, positions and characters. The media has never been a one-way communication process in the sense that the communicator - producer and editor of the content - both can never be sure whether the message means the same to the audience as it does to him. Each and every member of the audience, has a wide range of the freedom of interpretation in the reception of media content, which is often based on their own life experiences, current situation, cognitive abilities and limitations, and complex information environment.
Mertek Media Monitor | 5 min read | Aug 18, 2021
The case discussed in the article clearly shows that manipulating pictures has become an intentional propaganda tool, aiming to distort the truth. Any such cheapfakes are dangerous because they disfigure the reality, making people to believe something far from true.
Dren Gerguri | 3 min read | Aug 16, 2021
These days, verifying information that we receive has become a must. By not verifying, then, we are putting ourselves at an outright risk of getting manipulated. So, it is more essential than ever, to put a big question mark at the end of every online message, especially when encountered on social media. It is crucial to keep that question mark until we can fully verify and eliminate doubts about sources' authenticity.
Dren Gerguri | 4 min read | Aug 11, 2021
According to Peter Ditto from the University of California, one of the many reasons why people fall prey to the influence of misinformation lies in so-called motivated reasoning (MR).
Tomáš Kriššák | 12 min read | Aug 11, 2021
If you’re still wondering why you need to be media literate (a skill that is in high demand today more than ever!), you’ll find the answers to this question in this short video. We have singled out the five most important reasons that will help you decide to start studying the media and their messages. The process is relatively straightforward, and you will gain all the necessary skills by simply following our channel. Let’s go!
Dajana Markovic | 1 min read | Jul 30, 2021
In this podcast episode, you will hear Jakub Górnicki talking to Tomáš Kriššák about the Project HOPE, within which a set of tools in the form of an online game was designed to help people tackle negative consequences of the Internet and the social media, including cyber-bullying and propaganda.
Dominika Uzar | 1 min read | Jul 19, 2021
Dren Gerguri | 3 min read | Jul 13, 2021
Critical thinking is a buzzword that we hear almost every day. Especially in times of false information and the infodemic that is surrounding us on an everyday basis. And even though we meet with this term regularly, it is still not clear to everyone what it actually means. A brief characteristic of critical thinking is that it is the ability to form one's own opinion based on acquired knowledge, experience, not only from one's knowledge, but also from other people.
Kasia Piotrowska | 4 min read | Jul 5, 2021
Teenagers from Dream Factory acting studio created 8 raising awareness videos focusing on how to recognize Fake News, Deep News and how to behave when someone spreads misinformation, or simply is being abusive online.
Michal Prawdzik | 2 min read | May 28, 2021
Major dangers and media manipulation threats in the age of disinformation
Michal Prawdzik | 1 min read | May 24, 2021
A simple guide through the media jungle for senior citizens.
Hive Mind | 1 min read | May 18, 2021
A three-part animated video series on disinformation
Michal Prawdzik | 2 min read | May 18, 2021
Only by mobilizing at the grassroots can democracies counter disinformation. It’s time to vaccinate citizens against the poison of digital warfare.
Joseph Quinn | 5 min read | May 12, 2021
Building resilience against disinformation.
Success stories at the grassroot level.
Michal Prawdzik | 1 min read | May 10, 2021
Due to the ongoing pandemic the schools are closed, and do you, most likely have the privilege of working from home? Well, in this case, you probably have never been so present in your child’s “school life”, even if it’s currently limited to e-learning.
Patryk Zakrzewski | 4 min read | Mar 9, 2021
The advancement of technology brings up constant “innovations” in the areas of misinformation and manipulation. Recently, and more frequently, a new form of manipulation has resurfaced under the name ‘cheapfakes’ and is currently a subject to research and discussions.
Dren Gerguri | 3 min read | Feb 25, 2021
Dren Gerguri | 4 min read | Jan 4, 2021
Dren Gerguri | 3 min read | Dec 17, 2020
We'd like to invite young people associated in non-governmental organizations, informal groups, dialogue bodies and activists acting on their own to free online training sessions on disinformation, recognizing it, preventing and counteracting its negative effects. The training is addressed to all those who understand the importance of disinformation in public life, who would like to learn more about the ways it works, get specific tools of recognition and methods of dealing with it. We also invite people who actively participate in public life (also at the local level) and therefore are most vulnerable to disinformation actions aimed at undermining their credibility and the trust of public opinion, necessary to effectively fight for the public good or the interests of the groups they represent.
Dominika Uzar | 2 min read | Dec 14, 2020
In November young people, including youth councillors, members of school authorities, young social leaders, activists and NGO activists will be able to take part in webinars, during which they will organize and deepen their knowledge in the area of "disinformation". The webinars conducted by Anna Skocz will present ways to prevent disinformation and responsible use of media.
1 min read | Nov 10, 2020
On December the 2nd, journalists of traditional and civic media, as well as representatives of non-governmental organizations will be able to take part in a webinar, where they will learn about disinformation techniques applied to non-governmental organizations actively participating in public life and ways to counteract the negative effects of these actions. The webinar conducted by Katarzyna Sadło is an answer to the growing number of information activities aimed at undermining the credibility of NGOs in the eyes of public opinion.
Dominika Uzar | 1 min read | Oct 28, 2020
We invite non-governmental organizations for a free online training on disinformation against non-governmental organizations, its recognition, prevention and counteracting negative effects. The training is addressed to all organizations, especially those actively participating in public life, i.e. the most vulnerable to disinformation actions aimed at undermining their credibility and public trust, necessary to effectively fight for the public good or interests of the groups they represent.
2 min read | Oct 28, 2020
On the 7th of November 2020 educators and educators, teachers, educational activists, trade unionists, leaders of formal and informal grassroots groups, adult students, parents, human rights activists will be able to take part in a webinar on disinformational narratives.
1 min read | Oct 27, 2020
Recruitment for free online workshops in media education just started
2 min read | Oct 27, 2020
Revealing the causes and identifying solutions
Mark Semoil | 3 min read | Sep 14, 2020
Google’s Fact Check Explorer Is Fast & Generates Accurate Results In All Languages
Mark Semoil | 1 min read | Aug 7, 2020
Mobile Reverse Image Search In 3-Steps
Mark Semoil | 3 min read | Jul 31, 2020
The New Fact Check Explorer & A Step-By-Step Guide To Markup Tool
Mark Semoil | 3 min read | Jul 15, 2020
Guides, checklists, FAQs, reading lists and a debunk database
Mark Semoil | 1 min read | Jul 8, 2020