Thursday, August 27, 2020

SIFT system and sites to fight misinformation (updated 10.20.20)

This post updated -- new info in BLUE. You can click on images to enlarge them.
Always SIFT through online info. 
This is a Public Service Announcement post, and a bit of my personal philosophy.
Fact check/find corroborating stories from credible sources.
Trace claims, quotes and media to its original context.

This link  
is where I first read about the SIFT system method coined by Washington State University digital literacy expert Mike Caulfield. 

Check before you post.
Is what you're sharing from a credible, original source?
Does it pass the fact-check test?
If not, investigate. Be curious. Be a critical consumer of online content

Share facts not fear.
 "How to Spot Fake News." chart from International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, World Library and Information Congress, 6 Mar. 2017, Infographic.

Social media sites thrive on impulsive sharing. 
Always SIFT first.
Fact check/find corroborating stories from credible sources.
Trace claims,  quotes and media to its original context.

Mis-information is a world wide problem. This 10.28.20 clip from PBS Newshour explores why we are so susceptible to misinformation.

 The United Nations has been posting info graphics to raise awareness and fight the spread. The next 3 graphics are from the UN.
Don't be a misinformation "super spreader." 

Memes and unattributed quotes are designed to be easy to share. Fight the impulse to spread them. SIFT first to find the source. Try to trace back to give quotes attribution and context. Information attributed to random experts can and must be checked. 

If a photo or post gives you an emotional reaction.. and/or urges you to share it.. and/or comes from a source you don't know or recognize. STOP. 
 Emotionally charged posts from dubious sources are gateways to misinformation. Don't give them traction online. Be responsible, not reactionary.

Communication is essential. We must learn to listen and talk with each other, especially when we don't agree. Acknowledge emotions. Respect facts.
This clip from the Lincoln Project You Tube channel has some excellent tips on how to communicate with compassion.

Be the internet you want to see.
Post responsibly.
Engage in discussion, not division.
Insist on knowing it's fact before you share it.
Create beautiful content people can enjoy and rely on.

More tips on SIFTing here:

Here are links for some sources on fighting mis-information online:

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