The conference is open to all who wish to broaden their understanding on the topic of misinformation and ways to address it. Workshops will be organized for elementary school students, youth (ages 18-24), school teachers, journalists, fact-checkers, and policymakers. Spaces are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and pre-registration is required. Participation is free of charge.

The  Cyprus University of Technology, the Horizon 2020 European project Co-inform*, the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute of the Ministry of Education and Culture, and the U.S. Embassy in Cyprus are organizing a two-day, nationwide event on addressing misinformation through media literacy. The conference is supported by the Press and Information Office.

The conference, which will take place at the premises of the Cyprus University of Technology in Limassol, aims to raise awareness on the role of thinking about the media critically and will feature panel discussions with distinguished speakers that will be open to the public, interactive activities for students, and training workshops for teachers, journalists, the Youth, and policymakers.

*Co-inform project is co-funded by Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) | H2020-SC6-CO-CREATION-2016-2017 (CO-CREATION FOR GROWTH AND INCLUSION) | Type of action: RIA (Research and Innovation action) | Proposal number: 770302

Purpose

Nowadays, the spreading epidemic 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.

Participation

The conference is open to all who wish to broaden their understanding on the topic of misinformation and ways to address it. Workshops will be organized for elementary school students, youth (ages 18-24), school teachers, journalists, fact-checkers, and policymakers. Spaces are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and pre-registration is required. Participation is free of charge.

The students and teachers’ workshops will be conducted in Greek; workshops for journalists and policymakers, as well as panel discussions, will be conducted in English.

Citizens

Teachers

Journalists

Policymakers

Journalists

The role of journalists as guardians of the truth and media watchdogs is without question as important today as ever. But the rise of citizen journalism, amidst posts of bots and trolls, in the context of the dangerously oversimplified narrative inherent in the popularized term “fake news”, has diminished trust in news media outlets. We encourage journalists working across different media platforms, to register for this experiential workshop. By the end of this workshop, journalists will get acquainted with the best fact-checking practices using contemporary digital tools and will have the opportunity to connect with leading practitioners across Europe.
We invite journalists working across different media platforms to register.
Due to limited places (maximum number: 24), spaces are offered on a first-come, first served. The workshop will be conducted in English. The workshop will take place on Saturday, June 8, 2019. Participation is free but pre-registration is required.

Policymakers

Decision makers need access to accurate information in order to take informed decisions that impact the wider community. The contemporary media landscape mandates an online social media presence for policymakers today; while this democratizes online conversations with key decision makers, it also puts additional responsibility for every post and content shared. We invite policymakers across the island to participate in an experiential workshop that aims to provide them with tools and skills that can enable them to evaluate the trustworthiness of online information.
Due to limited places (maximum number: 24), spaces are offered on a first-come, first served. The workshop will take place on Saturday, June 8, 2019. Participation is free but pre-registration is required.

Teachers

Misinformation is a problem that has garnered a lot of attention, and many are quick to argue that this problem needs to be addressed through education. However, the challenge for educators remains the same: How do you prepare students to navigate a digital world with many unknown challenges? UNESCO lists critical thinking and media literacy among the 21st century skills needed to ensure students are future-ready. Schools have an important role to play in media literacy actions, and this is why it is important to provide primary and secondary teachers with a set of tools and activities that can allow them to best deliver media literacy lessons that encourage students to reflect on their online behaviours, evaluate the trustworthiness of sources and understand how media messages are constructed for specific audiences.
We invite primary and secondary teachers to register for a workshop packed with hands-on activities that can be implemented with students of different ages. Due to limited places, spaces are offered on a first-come, first served. The workshop will be conducted in Greek.
The workshop will take place on Saturday, June 8, 2019. Participation is free but pre-registration is required.

Youth

What if the very tools that were being used to spread misinformation, could also be used to raise awareness? Today, everyone can be a producer of media content, and none more so than the youth, who are active on a range of social media platforms, are well-versed in digital media and are keen to make their voices heard.
During a two-day workshop, university students will explore the problem of misinformation by taking on a media producers’ role. By creating a social awareness campaign video, students will learn about the media production process, and will get to share a meaningful message through their own short films.
The workshop is open to all youth, ages 18-24, preferably with some background in media, design, production or communication in general. Due to limited places (maximum number: 18), spaces are offered on a first-come, first served. The workshop will be conducted in Greek.
The workshop will take place on Friday and Saturday, June 7 & 8, 2019. Participation is free but pre-registration is required.

Elementary School Students

Dubbed as digital natives, students today have grown up in a world where the internet has always existed. Developing critical thinking through media literacy is one of the most important approaches in facilitating active, informed online users who will lead the way to a democratic digital future.
In a world where online platforms mediate most of the information access, it is important that all students approach online information critically. This workshop aims to bring out the information detective in every student. Through fun and interactive activities, students will engage with different information sources and through teamwork and discussion determine how to read media messages, who to trust, and how they can make an impact online by creating positive online content.
The workshop will take place on Friday, 7 June 2019. The elementary school students have already been invited to participate

Register for the “Combating Misinformation Through Media Literacy” Conference.

Registration for the conference is free and will be open until May 31.

For questions, please contact us.

Conference Details

Where: Cyprus University of Technology · View map

When: 7 – 8 June 2019

Friday, June 7

The first day of the conference will kick off with Media Literacy activities for elementary school students and youth (ages 18-24), followed by an international panel discussion in the afternoon titled: “What can we do as a society to limit the spread of misinformation online?”.

Saturday, June 8

Day two begins with a panel discussion with international and local participants on the topic of addressing misinformation through media literacy. The panel will be followed by experiential workshops for teachers, journalists, policymakers, and youth (ages 18-24) which will focus on addressing online misinformation. Posters from different projects working on misinformation will also be featured.

Organizers 

Student Contest: “Create against misinformation”

Multimedia Poster Student Contest

This action aims to bring out students’ creativity in the field of digital design and art, and urges them to engage with the issue of misinformation, which occurs on the social networks and the mass media in general, so they can move past being passive observers / consumers of the media, and instead become critical readers of information, regardless of the source.

Purpose

The creation of the multimedia poster by students aims to develop 21st century skills, such as critical thinking, autonomous learning, communication and collaboration, informative literacy, creativity and innovation, alongside knowledge construction on the topic of  misinformation and media literacy.

More details and information [in Greek ]can be found here.

Research posters from Cyprus

We welcome posters which describe current research efforts on the topic of misinformation, present work in progress, or report on developing tools to address misinformation. The submission of posters is open to all. More details for poster submission can be found here.

Deadline for submitting a poster: 27 May 2019.

Posters will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration for the conference and for displaying the posters is free. Posters will be presented on Saturday, June 8 2019.

PRELIMINARY PROGRAM: DAY 1 (Friday, June 7, 2019)

Venue: Andreas Themistocleous Building, Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol

8:30-9:00 Registration
9:00-9:30 Opening
9:30-10:30 Workshop: Elementary school students (PART A)
Learning about misinformation
Workshop: Youth (PART A)
Disrupting misinformation
10:30-11:00 Refreshment break
11:00-12:30 Workshop: Elementary school students (PART B)
Learning about misinformation
Workshop: Youth (PART B)
Disrupting misinformation
12:30-13:00 Lunch [Elementary school students depart at 12:00]
13:00-15:00 Workshop: Youth (PART C)
Disrupting misinformation
15:00-15:30 Refreshment break
15:30-17:30 Workshop: Youth (PART D)
Disrupting misinformation
18:00-19:30 Welcome speeches
Panel discussion
What can we do as a society to limit the spread of misinformation online?

PRELIMINARY PROGRAM: DAY 2 (Saturday, June 8, 2019)

Venue: Tassos Papadopoulos Building, Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol

8:30-9:00 Registration, welcome coffee and refreshments
9:00-9:30 Welcome speeches
9:30-11:30 Panel discussion
Combating misinformation through media literacy: the role of society and the state
11:30-12:30 Coffee break
Front line reports
Local and international efforts on combating misinformation: Posters and demos of projects working on addressing misinformation in Cyprus and elsewhere
12:30-13:30 Workshop: Youth (PART E)
Disrupting misinformation
Workshop: Teachers (Part A)
Combating misinformation: The role of digital media literacy
Workshop: Journalists (Part A)
Combating misinformation online: Tools and strategies for journalists
Workshop: Policymakers (Part A)
Combating misinformation: Tools and strategies for policymakers
13:30-14:30 Lunch
14:30-16:00 Workshop: Youth/university students (PART F)
Disrupting misinformation
Workshop: Teachers (Part B)
Combating misinformation: The role of digital media literacy
Workshop: Journalists (Part B)
Combating misinformation online: Tools and strategies for journalists
Workshop: Policymakers (Part B)
Combating misinformation: Tools and strategies for policymakers
16:00-17:00 Combating Misinformation Together
Plenary interactive wrap-up session &
Concluding remarks