The Digital Activism Toolkit is a living tool, designed specifically for the staff of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), human rights organizations, teachers, trainers, journalists, media professionals, and other organizations targeted with the TechSoup network’s Digital Activism Program in the CEE. The Digital Activism Toolkit aims to guide its audience in choosing the relevant and effective tools for their campaigns and other disinformation-response actions to provide effective responses to the multifaceted and complex phenomenon of disinformation they face. It contains bespoke, localized disinformation response planning materials covering different methodologies and tools that leverage TechSoup Partners’ expertise, and existing educational materials and tools in the field of countering disinformation. The Toolkit aims to highlight relevant and up-to-date resources and guidelines on applying tech solutions and tools to build the capacity of its users and their ability to recognize and react to disinformation.
Each listed tool is hand picked by subject matter experts and their sources are verified as trusted organisations.
The Toolkit contains useful resources in various formats, e.g., how-to instructions & manuals, guidelines, digital tools, tutorials, articles, case studies, online courses, and more.
The resources presented in the Toolkit are divided into specific topic categories according to a set of keywords to support the audience in filtering the relevant content swiftly.
The Toolkit topic categories include:
Countering disinformation - responding to dis-, mis-, and malinformation, that is deliberately or unintentionally false, manipulated, and/or harmful. Some of the ways to respond include fact-checking or identifying a type of information disorder, building counter or positive narratives, and general population media literacy including digital security awareness and critical thinking.
Digital security - an ability and awareness of the need to protect devices, operating systems, programs, data, including identity, and information networks from unauthorized access.
Positive narratives - a system of stories focused on a particular theme told from a positive point of view. Every narrative is told by a narrator to convey a message to influence or change a behavior often based on specific ideological perspective. Its most effective form is positive alternative narrative which is not a counter narrative or a response to something but a proposal of something else, based on positive foundations with pro-active dissemination.
Media literacy - is fundamental ability to access, critically analyze, evaluate and use media and the meaning of its messages and the influence on individuals and societies.
Online campaigning - reaching and often engaging the public with Internet access through websites, blogs, newsletters, social media where target audiences can be easily segmented and campaign messages widely and effectively advertised and adjusted according to the most current trends, needs or sentiments.
Personal and organizational resilience - refers to an individual’s and organization's capacity to recover or rebound and thrive after a crisis. The prediction on how well an individual or an organization might cope with a crisis depends on the preparation, prior experience or strategies in resilience and coping (awareness, training, leadership presence, community, access to infrastructure/services, and prior or general vulnerability of the individual or organization to crises, e.g. level of flexibility, earlier traumas, level of sensitivity)
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With this form we want to collect existing resources developed by TechSoup partners and to identify other resources recommended by to be published on Hive Mind in the Toolkit section.
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