OECD Education is broadcasting podcasts about global education, which brings together OECD as well as a broad range of authors and researchers to explain and explore emerging education data, and deliver objective insights on education practices worldwide. Each episode focuses on a different issue that’s shaping the landscape of education today, with details on how it’s affecting learners and how governments should respond.
They recently ran a two part series on disinformation, misinformation and the role of education.
Disinformation and its discontents / 09 June 2022
This episode discussed disinformation and other forms of “untruths” and how to get the measure of a tenacious and elusive phenomenon. Societies can tackle harmful information through citizen- and AI-driven fact-checking and content tagging. Platforms can boost transparency and collaborate with governments to tamp down fake news and synthetic media. But the best defence of all is educating people to question and check information for themselves. Because for contemporary democracy to survive and thrive, it needs digitally literate citizens.
Never before has critical thinking been so…critical. With so much compromised information online, how do we know what’s opinion? What’s fact? And what’s disinformation? Education can teach us to ask questions, check sources, and understand how algorithms impact the information we’re getting. And, none of this needs to be taught in STEM-based computer science courses – digital media and algorithmic literacy can be cleverly integrated throughout the curriculum.