Nowadays, the spreading of misinformation as “alternative facts” poses major societal threats and risks that infiltrate every aspect of our life. Fake news and misleading narratives are challenges that require constant monitoring, supervision and it is high time we took steps to address this topic, raise awareness and provoke reflection and action on misinformation and media literacy issues.
The Cyprus University of Technology, the Horizon 2020 European project Co-Inform, the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth, and the U.S. Embassy in Cyprus organized a two-day conference entitled “Combating Misinformation Through Media Literacy”. The event took place on June 7 & 8, 2019, at the Cyprus University of Technology in Limassol, Cyprus and was supported by the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office.
The conference aimed to raise the awareness of different stakeholder groups (students, youth, teachers, policymakers, and journalists) on misinformation, and discuss methods and tools to nurture critical thinking and a better use of social media.
As a follow-up action of the conference, the organizing committee announced a call for “Combating Misinformation through Media Literacy” grants. The call asked for synergies between at least two sectors (journalists, teachers, policymakers, the civil society, etc.), to promote a multilateral approach in addressing the problem of misinformation.
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