Teaching Disinformation

GRAPEVINE, TEX. — This is best done in a high school environment under a module on Media Literacy. If in college, examples and online quizzes should be the entry point for students to better understand the problem of Disinformation and its many ills and variants (Information Operations, Fake News, polarization), etc.

If you want to re-watch the video I posted online a couple of years ago, documenting the duplicitous trollers from the Internet Research Agency and its activities in Texas in 2016, here’s a link to it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFHcEwhuHhs&t=137s

There are THOUSANDS of active Russia-backed Information Operations going on today, and every day. Here’s one example I did NOT cover in my poster presentation at the Educator’s Academy Summit: Russia’s phony claims that 5G cell phone towers cause Covid-19. People in various countries have actually attempted to burn down cell towers due to thes baseless allegations. Take a look:

https://allianceforscience.cornell.edu/blog/2020/04/anti-vaxxers-and-russia-behind-viral-5g-covid-conspiracy-theory/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7205032/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/dhs-to-advise-telecom-firms-on-preventing-5g-cell-tower-attacks-linked-to-coronavirus-conspiracy-theories/2020/05/13/6aa9eaa6-951f-11ea-82b4-c8db161ff6e5_story.html

The NEWS LITERACY PROJECT has a section geared for educators, providing lesson plans and activities they can undertake to explain and inform their students about Disinformation as part of Media Literacy. Here’s a link to that: https://newslit.org/newslit-nation/

PRSA: The Public Relations Society of America’s “Voices For Everyone” also includes segments on diversity, & inclusion, civility and civic engagement. All are important. Here’s the link to the segment on Disinformation:

If you didn’t get a copy of the ACM On Human-Computer Interaction paper, published in November 2018, titled “Acting the Part: Examining Information Operations Withing the #BlacklivesMatter Discourse” you can download it here:

COVID-19 INFODEMIC: A few colleagues attending the Educators Academy’s Saturday Summit asked specific questions about Covid-19 and Disinformation/Misinformation. The Pan American Health Organization and the World Health Organization published a “Digital Transformation Toolkit” on this subject. Here is a link to that report:

POSTER CONTENTS: The entire contents of my poster presentation, including links is in the file below. All you’d have to do is download it and click on the links.

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Published by jkerezy

I'm an associate professor of Media and Journalism Studies (MJS) at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, and have also had a "side job" as a high school speech and debate coach for the past 13 years. I also worked in journalism, public relations and marketing for many years before going into higher education. My professional email address is john.kerezy@tri-c.edu

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