The increase and spread of disinformation (‘fake news’) is a theme that, certainly considering the alleged influence of disinformation on the American election results, receives a lot of media attention. To what extent do we allow ourselves to be influenced by disinformation and which strategies help to become more resilient? There is disagreement within academic circles about the effect of manipulated information on behaviour. There is, however, a strong social consensus that promoting digital literacy is crucial for better resilience to disinformation.
In the Netherlands, journalism-educational organizations Drog and the Museum for Sound and Vision have developed an innovative educational offering for various target groups in recent years, aimed at fact checking, recognizing fakes and promoting resilience. There is a growing need for these processes from educational institutions and policy institutions. The working mechanisms behind, and effects of, these processes on increasing digital resilience have not yet been properly investigated.
In this SIA KIEM-hbo funded project we will research which interventions are effective for increasing digital resilience to disinformation. Based on real live case studies from partners DROG and Museum for Sound and Vision, and backed by insights from the behavioural sciences, we will test three intervention strategies among the target group of young people (ages 12-15) in order to generate more informed insights about the effectiveness of the offer and to gain insights.