Media Literacy Series: Disinformation, Fake News and Privacy with Ricardo Castellini da Silva

21 October 2020 / News
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What happens when we increasingly rely on social media and the web for nearly all our information? The Glass Room: Misinformation Edition is a new exhibition on data and privacy created by Tactical Tech and promoted by The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. It explores how social media and the web have changed the way we read information and react to it. The plan was to host the exhibition at dlr LexIcon from mid-October – mid-December but while Covid-19 restrictions continue, you can visit it online at https://tacticaltech.org/news/glass-room-misinformation-edition

 

We have an exciting series of webinars, workshops and videos lined up to promote this exhibition, led by Ricardo Castellini da Silva and curated by Jake Rowan Byrne @MetaTech – EdTech Solutions. Read on and sign up for these stimulating and thought-provoking online events. Booking essential for webinars and workshops, links provided below.

 

Week 1

- Monday (Oct 26th) – VIDEO 1 – Introduction + the basics about old versus new media and the information age.

In this video we will introduce the series of videos that will run for 6 weeks. The video will also talk about how the media landscape has radically changed over the past thirty years, and how this has affected the way we consume information and participate in the media culture.

Video can be viewed here

- Wednesday (Oct 28th, 1pm) – Webinar (1 hour): Disinformation and COVID-19.

There has been a lot of disinformation in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, from misunderstanding about best practices to avoid contamination, to conspiracy theories involving politicians, health organizations and tech companies. In this webinar Ricardo Castellini da Silva will be joined by Dr Eileen Culloty, a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Future Media and Journalism (Fujo) at Dublin City University. As part of an EU project, she leads research on countering online disinformation and has given invited presentations on this topic to the OECD High Level Risk Forum and the UN International Organisation on Migration.

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Week 2

 - Monday (Nov 2nd) – VIDEO 2 – Looking inside us: how we deal with information and knowledge.

Before talking about media and technology themselves, it is important to understand how the way we access information, construct knowledge, and use our psychological traits (such as conformation bias) influence the way we participate in the new media culture.

Video can be viewed here

- Wednesday (Nov 4th, 1pm) – Workshop (45 minutes): - Fighting disinformation/fake news.

In this workshop Ricardo Castellini da Silva will provide some simple but useful techniques to avoid being deceived and manipulated by false information online. Ideally, participants would have a digital device with them, such as a laptop or iPad – or even a smartphone.

Booking essential on Eventbrite – Click here to book

 

 

Week 3

- Monday (Nov 9th) – VIDEO 3 – Inside the system: how the internet and the digital platforms work.

This video will explore some of the most important technical aspects involved in the access, use and production of information/news online. The video will mainly focus on algorithms, digital marketing, online news, social media interface and private data usage.

Video can be viewed here

- Wednesday (Nov 11th, 1pm) – Workshop (45 minutes): How to improve the way we control our personal data.

In this workshop Ricardo Castellini da Silva will briefly discuss the issue with data privacy and provide some useful tips to better control how our personal information is used by tech companies.

Booking essential on Eventbrite – Click here to book

 

 

Week 4

- Monday (Nov 16th) – VIDEO 4 – Toxic content: bad producers, bad consequences.

Nowadays almost everyone is a potential media producer, and this has good and bad consequences. The video will focus on the latter, showing how the relatively high level of freedom to create content online opens the opportunity for the production of toxic and dangerous content, such as the mass production of misinformation and conspiracy theories.

Video can be viewed here

- Wednesday (Nov 18th, 1pm) – Webinar (1 hour): Data privacy/Surveillance.

One of the main problems that the emergence of the internet and the new digital technologies has brought to our societies is related to how we deal with citizen’s private data, and also how governments and tech companies have used this data to better understand our behaviours. In this Webinar Ricardo Castellini da Silva will be joined by Paul O’Neill, an artist and researcher whose practice and research relate to tactical media, media archaeology and remix culture. He is currently completing a PhD which explores media art practices that critique and subvert techno-solutionist narratives and discourses.

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Week 5

 - Monday (Nov 23rd) – VIDEO 5 – The news industry: is journalism in crisis?

Before the advent of the internet, news production was in the hands of a few big media companies. This is no longer the case. This video will have a look at how the news industry has changed over the past twenty years and will discuss the work of journalists as curators of information, in opposition to the spread of misinformation especially through social media.

Video can be viewed here

- Wednesday (Nov 25th, 1pm) – Workshop (45 minutes): - Fighting disinformation/fake news.

In this workshop Ricardo Castellini da Silva will provide some simple but useful techniques to avoid being deceived and manipulated by false information online. Ideally, participants would have a digital device with them, such as a laptop or iPad – or even a smartphone.

Booking essential on Eventbrite – Click here to book

 

 

Week 6

- Monday (Nov 30th) – VIDEO 6 - Fake news/disinformation: the multiple narratives for our reality.

This video will explore how fake news are created, showing some examples and discussing the techniques used and it will also discuss the potential consequences of disinformation for our societies, and how we can prevent it.

Video will be available from 1pm at a link provided here.

- Wednesday (Dec 2nd, 1pm) – Workshop (45 minutes): How to improve the way we control our personal data.

In this workshop Ricardo Castellini da Silva will briefly discuss the issue with data privacy and provide some useful tips to better control how our personal information is used by tech companies.

Booking essential on Eventbrite – Click here to book

 

 

Bio: Ricardo Castellini da Silva

Ricardo Castellini is a media educator with an interest in studies and practices involving digital media, multimodal learning and new literacies. He is a PhD candidate at Dublin City University where he investigates the many ways in which new digital media can be used to promote media literacy in secondary students and enhance teachers’ practices in the use of technology in the classroom. Since 2015, he has been developing, managing and delivering lectures and workshops on topics related to digital media practices, media education, cultural studies and multimodal learning environments, both in Ireland and abroad.

 

Events curated by Jake Rowan Byrne

@ MetaTech – EdTech Solutions – www.metatech.ie

 

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