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Walkthrough for Windows App

Back in January I started working on a web-based application to help teachers and others make fact-checking infographics as part of a Misinformation Solutions Forum prize from RTI International and Rita Allen. I got it to work, but as we tried to scale it out we found it had Security concerns (too much potential for … Continue reading Walkthrough for Windows App

Wed, 27 Nov 2019 20:00:18 +0000


Microtargeted Political Ads are the Tranched Subprime Mortgages of Democracy

One of the problems with microtargeted ads, and a way I’ve been thinking about them recently, is they resemble the tranched subprime mortgages that brought about the financial crash. Others have talked about this in the context of the digital ad market as a whole. The allure of digital ads was that you would finally … Continue reading Microtargeted Political Ads are the Tranched Subprime Mortgages of Democracy

Mon, 11 Nov 2019 01:07:02 +0000


It’s not the claim, it’s the frame

Putting a couple notes from Twitter here. One of the ideas of SIFT as a methodology (and of SHEG’s “lateral reading” as well) is that before one reads a person must construct a context for reading. On the web that’s particularly important, because the rumor dynamics of the web tend to level and sharpen material … Continue reading It’s not the claim, it’s the frame

Thu, 03 Oct 2019 16:19:55 +0000


The CBC Infolit Bot May Make People Worse at the Web

I signed up for the CBC Chatbot that teaches you about misinformation. The interface was surprisingly nice — it felt less overwhelming than the typical course stuff I work with. So kudos on that. On the down side it’s likely to make people worse, not better, at spotting dodgy Facebook pages. Why? Because — like … Continue reading The CBC Infolit Bot May Make People Worse at the Web

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 17:46:29 +0000


9 Comments on “Doorbell Video” and Traditional News

Years ago when I was a online political community admin, a member of our community invented a form of blog post to spawn discussion that was less about capturing fully formed thoughts and more about opening questions. He called it nine comments, and it was (I think) one of the best innovations of Blue Hampshire … Continue reading 9 Comments on “Doorbell Video” and Traditional News

Fri, 06 Sep 2019 19:55:32 +0000


Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers PDF

I’ve had a few requests for the latest PDF of Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers, so I’ve put it here.

Fri, 30 Aug 2019 18:02:11 +0000


Check, Please! Starter Course Released

As of yesterday, we’ve released the Check, Please! Starter Course, a three hour online module on source and fact-checking that can be dropped into any course or taken as a self-study experience. The techniques we teach in the course are the same moves in the popular open textbook Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers, but we … Continue reading Check, Please! Starter Course Released

Wed, 14 Aug 2019 00:09:08 +0000


Ring Videos Create a Community Demand for Shareable Crime

I’ve been going through my NextDoor community because — well, I have to keep on top of new problems in social media and information. On good days that means I scroll through TikTok, on bad ones, NextDoor. One thing people occasionally do on NextDoor is share Ring videos. Some are of legit crimes; the ones … Continue reading Ring Videos Create a Community Demand for Shareable Crime

Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:53:20 +0000


Does It Stick?

A question we get asked a lot about our four moves curriculum is whether it sticks. Can a two or three week intervention really change people’s approach online to information permanently? Remember, we don’t do traditional news literacy. We don’t do traditional media literacy. We don’t teach people about newspapers, communications theory, or any of … Continue reading Does It Stick?

Wed, 17 Jul 2019 15:34:47 +0000


SIFT (The Four Moves)

Author’s note: Back in early 2017 I introduced the “four moves”, a set of strategies that students could use on the web instead of checklist approaches such as CRAAP and incoherent lists of tips. The moves were based on my own experience teaching civic digital literacy and emerging research from Sam Wineburg and his team. … Continue reading SIFT (The Four Moves)

Wed, 19 Jun 2019 23:20:33 +0000


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