Media Literacy Workshop




10:00 - 13:00
Luiss Guido Carli

Viale Romania, 32, 00197 Roma RM

The theme of disinformation and its effects on public opinion has become increasingly important in recent years. Analyzing the mechanisms of exposure to the information contents, some scholars have introduced the concept of "echo chambers" (echo chambers) (Jamieson & Cappella, 2008, Sunstein, 2009), to identify those group mechanisms that would push users of the Internet to select media and content that reinforce their pre-existing beliefs, and that lead to segregation within groups of opinions that are as homogeneous as they are isolated. The plurality of information that can be chosen to access on the web, paradoxically, can contribute to strengthening this mechanism of selective exposure to information, ending up favoring the affirmation and spread of large-scale disinformation (Fourney et al., 2017 , Guess et al., 2018). At this juncture, Media Literacy activities play a fundamentally important role, as they provide citizens with the necessary skills to juggle information sources, increasing their ability to derive reliable and non reliable sources of information, especially in relation to the massive production of online news, often unverified. In this sense, according to the definition of the Expert Group on Media Literacy promoted by the European Commission, the Media Literacy comprises the set of technical, cognitive, social, civic and creative competences acquired by the individual during his life, which facilitate the development of critical thinking that allows us to participate in the economic, social and cultural aspects of society by making informed and informed decisions. The objective of the Media Literacy workshop is to promote a critical approach to the information ecosystem. Luiss Data Lab, T6 Ecosystems and the partners of SOMA will accompany the students in a path of acquiring awareness about the different strategies of identification and recognition of fake news. The activities of the Luiss Data Lab will aim to offer students real tools to build strategies for identifying and responding to misinformation and fake news. Data collection and analysis tools will be analyzed and used in interactive mode as well as real fact-checking tools, developed within the SOMA project.