Thursday, December 29, 2016

Fake news: Forbes and American Libraries

There's been a clutch of articles worrying about "fake news". Here's one by a non-librarian and one from the library press.
- Leetaru, K. (2016, December 11). How data and information literacy could end fake news. Forbes. This concludes that "Suggestions like requiring programming and data science courses in school would certainly create more technically-literate citizens, but this is not the same as data literacy and the kind of critical and devil’s advocate thinking it requires. Technology is also not a panacea here, as there is no simple magic algorithm that can eliminate false and misleading news. Instead, to truly solve the issue of “fake news” we must blend technological assistance with teaching our citizens to be data literate consumers of the world around them."
- Banks, M. (2016, December 27). Fighting Fake News: How libraries can lead the way on media literacy. American Libraries.
Photo by Sheila Webber: Xmas wreaths of South London, 26: DEcember 2016

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