CTRL-F: Strategies for Informed Citizenship in an Age of Misinformation
Tuesday, October 20 at 1:00pm – 1:50pm
The ability to navigate an increasingly polluted online environment has become an essential skill of citizenship. While the internet had fostered community and connection, it has also created opportunities for the proliferation of misinformation, conspiracy theories, spin, and a cacophony of conflicting voices. Research consistently shows that people are generally poorly equipped to navigate the realities of the modern web, and there is mounting evidence that many common methods of source evaluation frequently backfire when they are used.
This workshop highlights CTRL-F: Find the Facts, CIVIX’s newest resource developed to address our current information disorder. Designed in collaboration with leading journalists and digital literacy experts, CTRL-F aims to empower youth (and everyone) with essential digital civic literacy skills. After a review of current research and best practices in digital literacy education, the workshop will introduce participants to fast and effective strategies for evaluating information and making more informed judgments about the content we encounter online.
CIVIX is a non-partisan, national registered charity dedicated to building the skills and habits of active and engaged citizenship among young Canadians. Our vision is a strong and inclusive democracy where all young people are ready, willing and able to participate.