Countering Disinformation

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Snopes, formerly known as the Urban Legends Reference Pages, is a fact-checking website. It has been described as a "well-regarded reference for sorting out myths and rumours" on the Internet.

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Guardian Project creates easy-to-use secure apps, open-source software libraries, and customised solutions that can be used around the world by any person looking to protect their communications and personal data from unjust intrusion, interception and monitoring.

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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.

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How to Solve the Equation: Elderly People + Social Media

The population across the European Union is ageing. This is a fact that is more often looked at as a problem, rather than an opportunity. However, it is time to reverse the perspective. One of the main problems especially in countries like Bulgaria, is that opportunities are not given and sought for the active inclusion of the elderly in public life. Due to the digitalization of the world a big part of social debates has migrated to the digital space. Elderly people want to participate and be heard.

Kristina Hristova | 8 min read | Feb 29, 2024

War in Gaza, Part I: 5 Aims of Disinformation

There is a lot of propaganda materials being distributed since the outbreak of war on 7th October 2023. Both sides - Hamas and the Israeli government - are fighting not only through arms, but also through wide-spread disinformation efforts. What are the aims of disinformation? What they want to achieve?

Karol Wilczyński | 6 min read | Jan 26, 2024

The Information Warfare in the Republic of Moldova

Since 24 February 2022, when the Russian Federation started an aggressive and unjustified war against Ukraine, both the neighboring countries and the Republic of Moldova have been targets of propaganda and disinformation from the Kremlin. The waves of disinformation have forced the authorities in Chisinau to adopt various measures, including legislation, to protect Moldova's information space and its citizens from Kremlin propaganda transmitted through various channels. This article analyzes what can the authorities do to stop the spread of disinformation on the example of the Republic of Moldova.

Lilia Cravcenco-Zaharia | 5 min read | Jan 24, 2024

Crafting a Resilient Society against Disinformation. New World – Old Challenges

Disinformation is a custom-made approach designed to polarize society by instilling fear of others and undermining values, democracy, and human rights, as well as the structures that support them. Civil society has been actively working for years to counter these phenomena. We combat hate speech, work with vulnerable groups, educate society, conduct fact-checking and even OSINT research. However, the problems that society faces remain almost unchanged, while the social need to take action is growing. And we – as civil society – face both new and ongoing challenges in this fight.

Magdalena Wilczyńska | 10 min read | Jan 23, 2024

Propaganda: the Power of Persuasion

In this video, the Metamorphosis Foundation shows what propaganda actually is and where and how it shapes opinions even today.

Goshe Nikolov | Jan 17, 2024

Disinformation about the war in Ukraine - reactions and narratives built on emotions

The events of the last 3 years have been a huge generator of emotions for each of us, but also an incubator for disinformation. It has taken over the media space and continues, in the presence of fear and intense emotions, to destabilize trust in factual information. Nearly two years after the invasion of Ukraine, we look at the evolution of false narratives online, and discuss how a war in the 21st century takes on some new nuances to what history has accustomed us to.

Ana Mocanu | 7 min read | Jan 2, 2024

Deepfake and the risk from the massification of video fraud

About 6 years ago, I wrote about a new 'virus' for journalism. Despite the fact that several years have passed, there is still no 'anti-virus' against deepfake, which has advanced, perfected and the last step is to simplify the production process of these hoax videos.

Dren Gerguri | 4 min read | Dec 18, 2023

Kosovo on the radar of the Russia-Ukraine disinformation “war”

Propaganda and the attack on the truth have been grounded in humanity for centuries. If you read George Orwell's essay, “Review of the Spanish War”, it seems that he is talking about propaganda in the year 2022, but in fact that essay was written entirely 8 decades ago.

Dren Gerguri | 4 min read | Dec 18, 2023

Think before you click – Stay safe on social networks

The concept of “think before you click” is one of the most important factors in terms of information safety. This regards everything that is offered to you on social networks, the advertisements that pop up as you read a text on a web-page, links that “invite” you to open them as you are watching a YouTube video, and the "like" button.

Antonija Popovska | 2 min read | Dec 13, 2023

Unmasking disinformation in electoral campaigns - case studies from Poland and Slovakia

As the dust settles from the political storms related to elections that swept Poland and Slovakia in the fall of 2023, we dissect the disinformation tactics that played a crucial role in shaping the election outcomes. From attacking opponents with hoaxes to adopting anti-Ukrainian narratives, and even incorporating artificial intelligence to spread fabricated content, the playbook of political deception is evolving. What can we learn from that example?

Magdalena Wilczyńska | 13 min read | Nov 29, 2023

5 key aspects to understand Hive Mind, the digital platform that is building safe digital communities communities

The digital age is both present and future. Protecting humanity from the risks and dangers they are exposed to every time we click or share potentially misleading content are just some of the challenges facing the world today.

Cuatro Palabras | 3 min read | Nov 28, 2023

Local Elections in Moldova: New Poll, Old Narratives

In both rounds of the local elections in the Republic of Moldova, held in November 2023, the pro-Kremlin media used disinformation as a political tool. Old narratives, used in previous election campaigns, were recirculated, but also combined with pro-Kremlin narratives about the war in Ukraine, unachievable election promises and even using hate speech to denigrate the opponents.

Lilia Cravcenco-Zaharia | 7 min read | Nov 22, 2023

Addressing Anti-Western and Anti-NATO Narratives: Building a More Informed Perspective in Times of Uncertainty

Discussing anti-Western narratives is a hot topical issue nowadays, but not a new one - just as propaganda is not an expression of our times, but has a long history behind it. I will not talk about the general course of anti-Western propaganda in Eastern Europe and especially in Romania, but about my personal experience with this field and the sometimes arduous process of countering it with honest and transparent means.

Laura Burtan | 9 min read | Nov 14, 2023

Impact and growth of disinformation: iniciatives, perspective and solutions

During 2023, the world has been more affected by misinformation due to the impact of new technologies such as artificial intelligence, lack of trust in the media and institutions, and the growth of social networks.

MAKAIA | 3 min read | Nov 7, 2023

Drowning in a Sea of Lies: Disinformation and Democracy

The 2015-2017 period, that brought us Brexit and Donald Trump with his “alternative facts”, also brought politicians the revelation that lying is detrimental to one’s career only if one admits to lying, when one gets caught.

Ciprian Cucu | 9 min read | Oct 31, 2023

Vulnerable Heroes: Cybersecurity in NGOs

Non-profit organizations certainly share a common denominator, but we can hardly generalize anything related to them. Especially when it comes to cybersecurity. NGOs vary one from another in their form, mission, area of responsibility, as well as budgets. And for a hacker, each of them plays its own role. When hearing the term “cyber attack” most people imagine a failure of all computer systems, loss of access to data and a ransom of staggering amounts. Of course, this sort of attacks happen too. However, there are also smaller-scale cyber attacks. They may not be as spectacular on the surface, but can also result in financial loss or leakage of important information. We are referring to social engineering attacks.

Petra Kudrna Sobková | 3 min read | Oct 25, 2023

What can ChatGPT and artificial intelligence be useful for and what are they not good for?

Almost all the news this year has been dominated by the development of ChatGPT and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in general, its various uses, and concerns about the new technology. In this article, we try to summarize where ChatGPT can help a non-profit organization in its tasks and what it cannot be trusted with.

NIOK | 9 min read | Oct 18, 2023

How to Protect Ourselves from Online Scams While Online Shopping?

The number of online purchases by Macedonian citizens is increasing, and concurrently, scams targeting citizens shopping on virtual stores are proliferating. To avoid "emptying" credit cards through scams, there are several recommendations that we, as citizens, should follow when making our online purchases.

Бојан Блажевски | 3 min read | Oct 12, 2023

"Defending Democracy: How to Spot and Protect Elections from Disinformation" - a Resiliency Kit Webinar

As much of the world moves online, hostile state and non-state adversaries are increasingly targeting elections to undermine public trust in democratic processes in target societies. Elections represent part of the command-and-control system of the state’s decision-making, and foreign adversaries try to meddle in election processes to stimulate political changes and decision-making.

Hive Mind | 2 min read | Sep 22, 2023

Countering Disinformation Masterclass Webinar

The purpose of this community-building event was to provide and promote truth, and accuracy in information dissemination to form a collaborative network, equip the community with tools, and knowledge to combat disinformation, and share best practices to enable participants to learn from the subject matter experts to maintain informed citizenry.

Sibongile Ndlovu | 3 min read | Sep 22, 2023

Decoding Disinformation: Navigating Civil Society Challenges in CEE - Disinformation and Civil Society Regional Mapping Reports

Within the Digital Activism Program conducted by TechSoup and its partners in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) since 2018, a pivotal activity focusing on supporting Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in being more resilient to disinformation has been underway. We believe at TechSoup that to bring about change, we must first diagnose the needs of the organizations we support and analyze the current socio-political situation in the countries where we operate. This belief is central to shaping the foundation for all future project activities.

Hive Mind | 2 min read | Sep 15, 2023

FITS DEMOCRACY 2023 - KEY TAKEAWAYS

MAKAIA had the privilege of participating in the regional event FITS Democracy 2023, where important topics regarding disinformation, polarization, technology, and innovation were discussed, all within the context of Latin America and the Colombian Caribbean.

MAKAIA | 1 min read | Sep 4, 2023

NIOK | Aug 29, 2023

AI with Social Impact. Artificial Intelligence’s Role in NGO Empowerment - feat. Aleksandra Przegalińska.

Hive Mind Community Podcast on the Benefits of Artificial Intelligence for NGOs and Civil Society Members (CSOs).

2 min read | Aug 28, 2023

How do you teach (yourself) about conspiracy theories in the aftermath of the pandemic and during wartime?

In Poland, historians have written extensively about conspiracy theories - this fact provides an additional argument to teach about the problems that conspiracy theories cause in the era of revision of history in many European countries. What are the most bizarre conspiracy theories about the war in Ukraine that you have encountered so far?

Beata Zwierzynska | 4 min read | Aug 11, 2023

Do you check who set up the latest Facebook group?

Facebook is an attractive space for “meetings,” but too often the debate in such groups can be misleading or full of misinformation. Sometimes a group admin creates a page by pretending to be someone famous. In politically and socially emotive moments, few people check who manages the group. Group admins often grant themselves the exclusive right to add and remove content in the group and, thus, to influence the narratives and emotions in the group.

Beata Zwierzynska | 8 min read | Aug 2, 2023

How to resist conspiracy theories?

It takes just a few simple steps to determine whether we have strayed into conspiracy thinking. By understanding what characterizes such thinking, we can examine on our own, or with the help of a friend, whether we are exhibiting healthy skepticism or unwarranted suspicion. In fostering healthy skepticism, it can be helpful to have basic knowledge about the process of creating reliable information.

Beata Zwierzynska | 4 min read | Jul 31, 2023

The Weather Is Not the Climate: How False Narratives Are Delaying Climate Change Policies

Climate change is a reality, the global average temperature is now approximately 1°C higher than in the preindustrial era (1880-1900). However, denialism seems to get stronger, propped up by fossil fuel corporations, conservative media, and political groups. From misrepresenting the carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration to claiming that climate change is a hoax meant as part of a conspiracy to take over the world, disinformation on the topic is intensifying. We should understand it better and fight it wherever we encounter it; our future may depend on it.

Ciprian Cucu | 9 min read | Jul 31, 2023

Countering Disinformation Masterclass Webinar

Information spreads rapidly and effortlessly, and the rise of disinformation has become an alarming global phenomenon. Misleading narratives, fake news, and conspiracy theories have the power to manipulate public opinion, polarize societies, and undermine democratic processes. To combat this growing threat, Phambano Technology Development Centre NPC, DFRLab, and TechSoup Global Network have come together to organize Countering Disinformation Masterclass webinar to empower individuals with the tools to recognize, debunk, and counter disinformation.

Sibongile Ndlovu | 2 min read | Jul 21, 2023

Civic issues and opinions in today's Hungarian media space

How do different opinions appear in the media? Is there a place, a space for differences of opinion? What opportunities do we have as civilians to publish our own narratives?

Mertek Media Monitor | 5 min read | Jul 12, 2023

COVID-19 and the Infodemic Affected the Information-Seeking Habits in the Kosovo Society

Results of the study about the infodemic in Kosovo during COVID-19, published recently in the journal, “Media and Communication”, show that COVID-19 has had a great impact on people’s behavior when it comes to information.This research analyzed at how people used the media during COVID-19 and how well they could tell the difference between false or misleading information and the truth.

Dren Gerguri | 5 min read | Jul 4, 2023

Polarization of the Society via Social Media Groups

Polarization is a process that occurs on psychological and emotional grounds. The radicalization of groups leads to the radicalization of language on highly controversial and socially divisive topics. One of the most polarizing places on the Internet are Facebook groups (often run by the party involved in the conflict), where discussants reassert themselves, fuel a spiral of insults, ridicule, and hate speech, or even use language that dehumanizes opponents.

Beata Zwierzynska | 9 min read | Jul 4, 2023

Szabad Január - "Free January" campaign - case study

In this article you can find out more about the "Free January" campaign of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (TASZ)

Társaság a Szabadságjogokért (TASZ) | 6 min read | Jun 16, 2023

Civil Disobedience and Strike - "Tanítanék" Movement - case study

The results and experiences of the "I would like to teach" ("Tanítanék") movement in 2022 in Hungary

Endrey Mátyás György | 7 min read | Jun 15, 2023

Fake News Won’t Last: countering the Damage of LGBTQI+ Disinformation

Disinformation and online manipulation is a widespread issue, targeting a number of minority groups based on gender, sexual expression, race, age, and more. In light of the rise in politically driven attacks on the rights of LGBTQI+ persons, it's critical to counter disinformation in order for them to receive treatment for physical and mental health, sex reassignment procedures, and have safer spaces in schools and communities.

Sibongile Ndlovu | 8 min read | Jun 14, 2023

The war on privacy: how to fight back with digital safety

The internet has taken the globe by storm for the past 30 years, and it’s almost impossible to imagine the world without it. Digital privacy can be at risk without the proper online precautions in place.

Sibongile Ndlovu | 6 min read | Jun 14, 2023

Climate lies and dirty tactics: The damage of online disinformation campaigns

As the world grapples with the increasingly pressing need to address climate change and environmental issues, online disinformation campaigns have emerged as a powerful tool in the manipulation of public perspective, inspiring scepticism, and spreading false information.

Sibongile Ndlovu | 7 min read | Jun 14, 2023

Mental Resilience In The Pursuit Of Social Change

How do CSOs remain strong while fighting for equality and justice? What is the importance of mental resistance to civil society? Learn from resilient leaders and cultivate a growth mindset. Throughout history, there have been many world leaders who were once civic society activists and demonstrated exceptional mental resilience in the face of adversity.

Sibongile Ndlovu | 6 min read | Jun 14, 2023

"Invalid question, invalid answer!" - case study

Case study on the "Invalid question, invalid answer!" campaign of Amnesty International Hungary and the Háttér Society

Bakonyi Anna | 6 min read | Jun 13, 2023

A család az család — Family is family

A család az család — Family is family. It seems so self-explanatory, yet this phrase infuriated some while bringing hope to others. But how did this statement become a slogan of a movement for social equality in Hungary?

Szivárványcsaládokért Alapítvány | 4 min read | Jun 13, 2023

The Sovereignist Movement: the Case of Romania

The analysis of information disorder, i.e., misinformation, disinformation, and malinformation, should include observations on what is driving these phenomena. This current article argues that the most important driver of information manipulation since 2016 is the so-called sovereignist movement. A case study on Romania is proposed in order to highlight the evolution of local sovereignists and the reliance of their political clout on misinformation and conspiracy theories.

Ciprian Cucu | 7 min read | Jun 13, 2023

Join the Capacity Building Accelerator – Google.org Launch Event for the Baltic Civil Society

Google.org Launch Event is an opening event for the Capacity Building Accelerator project for the Baltic countries. The event aims to enhance confidence and assurance when implementing initiatives and measures at the community or regional levels, specifically designed to counter disinformation.

Hive Mind | 1 min read | Jun 7, 2023

Open call for microgrant for $USD 1,000 📣

Open call for civil society organizations, independent media or journalist and digital activist of Latin America.

MAKAIA | 2 min read | Jun 2, 2023

Jak uzdravit informační prostor?

S radostí vás zveme na výjimečnou networkingovou akci věnovanou problematice dezinformací, kterou pro vás připravil Kampus Hybernska a Sdružení VIA za podpory Google.org a Univerzity Karlovy.

Hive Mind | 1 min read | Jun 2, 2023

#TogetherWithOneAnother campaign

Case study on the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU) #TogetherWithOneAnother campaign

Társaság a Szabadságjogokért (TASZ) | 6 min read | May 25, 2023

A Model to Analyse Online Misinformation

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

The hybrid war and the 4 Ds of disinformation about the tensions in the north of Kosovo

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

Case study: Detox Information Project (DIP)

We share the investigation and educational web series created by DIP

MAKAIA | 1 min read | Apr 24, 2023

Hive Mind Launch in South Africa: Countering Disinformation in the Civic Space

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

Empowering Civil Society to Combat Disinformation: Digital Activism Program Takes Action Across the Central and Eastern Europe

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

Kosovar society challenges of distinguishing disinformation from accurate information

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

“Show Me The Tembisa 10”

How eye witnessing and capturing the spur of the moment prevents disinformation

Hive Mind | 8 min read | Mar 23, 2023

Webinar on Gender Disinformation in Digital Media - key takeaways

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

You're Invited! Hive Mind Launch in South Africa!

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

WEBINAR: Gender disinformation in social media

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

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Empowering Europeans Against Disinformation (EEAD) - ToT Training

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

The ways and antidotes of government propaganda

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

ChatGPT and the inclusion of artificial intelligence in the world of (dis)information

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 Pandemic of Misinformation: The Globalization of Disinformation in the Digital Age

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

Empowering Europeans Against Disinformation (EEAD) - Project Description, Scope, and Activity Updates

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 | 18 min read | Feb 17, 2023

Partner Spotlight Series: Phambano

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

Partner Spotlight Series: GURT Resource Center

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

What is behind the use of social networks? Webinar takeaways

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

Combating Disinformation Project Case Study from Colnodo

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

The Future of Disinformation

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

Why and how are we vulnerable to disinformation?

The reasons behind the behaviors that accept and promote disinformation.

MAKAIA | 3 min read | Nov 1, 2022

Fact-checking and fake news in the Colombian and Chilean context

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

Disinformation Trends in Central-Eastern Europe - key takeaways

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

Post-truth: lies that appear to be true

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

War-time Disinformation Landscape in the CEE 30.06 | 5 PM

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

War and Kindness: CSOs Response in Help for Ukraine - Key Takeaways

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

Anti-NATO Disinformation Tactics from the War in Kosovo

“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

“Civil Society's Response in Help for Ukraine” – online discussion, MAY 17, 5 PM CET

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

The 4Ds Model to Recognize Disinformation

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

What are Echo Chambers and how to escape from one :-)

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

Hate and Disinformation. What Can You Do When They Come For You?

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

Against hate speech with AI - the European Observatory of Online Hate

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

Countering desinformation and propaganda during a war: a guide for the Russian-Ukrainian war

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

Disinformation, Information Warfare on Several Fronts, and the Role of the Journalist

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

We are deceived because it is good for us - Our cognitive weaknesses and how pseudo-news works

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

Disinformation and 7 common forms of information disorder

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

What are the basic types of disinformation?

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

5 concepts you should know about digital disinformation

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 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

Women, Violence and Disinformation

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

Digital Comprehensive Sexuality Education to address digital risks in adolescence

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

Narratives about refugees on the Polish-Belarusian border

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

Self-paced Courses: Learn at Your Own Pace, on Your Own Schedule!

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 | 4 min read | Nov 15, 2021

How to Argue with Fake News Believers?

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" Free Resources Website for Educators

"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

Media Propaganda and Disinformation: The Venezuelan Case

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

Information war against disinformation on the Polish border - how to process information on emotional, "hot" topics?

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

Detecting Fake Sites & Social Media Channels video by Oana Despa & Codruța Simina

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

Who are the fact-checkers?

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

Social Media Manipulations: Bots and Trolls, contaminants of the online public sphere

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

What is Fake News?

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

"Cheapfakes" As a Form of Video Manipulation. How They Can Be Made in a Few Minutes.

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

Media, reality, truth

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

Cheapfake as a dangerous propaganda tool: the case of a refugee from Kosovo

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

Disinformation and misinformation, a by-product of journalists' negligence to verify information

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

Motivated reasoning, or where does the belief in bull**** come from?

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

5 Reasons Why You Have To Be Media Literate

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

"Project HOPE" - Podcast about a Game to Teach People How to Fight Online Trolls

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

Checkbot - a critical thinking simulator for everyone

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

Media Literacy? A must-have 21st century skill.

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

Cheapfakes in the CEE Region - WEBINAR

Major dangers and media manipulation threats in the age of disinformation

Michal Prawdzik | 1 min read | May 24, 2021

Can I tell, Jiřina? - Case Study from Czech Republic

A simple guide through the media jungle for senior citizens.

Hive Mind | 1 min read | May 18, 2021

"It doesn't concern me" aka disinformation all around us - Czech Republic

A three-part animated video series on disinformation

Michal Prawdzik | 2 min read | May 18, 2021

Turning Defense into Offense

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

Local Heroes

Building resilience against disinformation.

Success stories at the grassroot level.

Michal Prawdzik | 1 min read | May 10, 2021

What to do when your kid’s teacher is spreading falsehoods?

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

‘Cheapfakes’ - major danger and media manipulation threat

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

Who wants to brainwash you? Disinformation - how to recognize and defend yourself against it - a series of free online workshops designed for youth by Katarzyna Sadło. New dates: !!! 25 January - 15 February 2021!!!

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

Disinformation, micro targeting and social media. Free webinars on how to use media responsibly.

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

Organizations and disinformation. Free webinar on how to recognize it and how to counteract it

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

Organizations and disinformation. How to recognize, how to counteract

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

The power of narration and disinformation - a free webinar on media education

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

Where is the truth and where is the falseness?

Recruitment for free online workshops in media education just started

2 min read | Oct 27, 2020

What is Information Disorder?

Revealing the causes and identifying solutions

Mark Semoil | 3 min read | Sep 14, 2020

Finally-A Fact-Checking Tool In All Languages

Google’s Fact Check Explorer Is Fast & Generates Accurate Results In All Languages

Mark Semoil | 1 min read | Aug 7, 2020

Mark Semoil | 3 min read | Jul 31, 2020

Spotlight: Google’s Fact Check Explorer & Markup Tool

The New Fact Check Explorer & A Step-By-Step Guide To Markup Tool

Mark Semoil | 3 min read | Jul 15, 2020

Resources For Reporters & Journalists: First Draft’s Coronavirus Hub

Guides, checklists, FAQs, reading lists and a debunk database

Mark Semoil | 1 min read | Jul 8, 2020