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Do we have the digital literacy to spot fake news?

The House of Lords Committee on Democracy and Digital Technologies will next week explore whether citizens have the knowledge and skills to spot fake news and critically assess political claims made online.

The Committee will take evidence across two sessions from organisations engaged with supporting news literacy and high quality journalism as well as associations representing professions delivering digital literacy education.
The Evidence sessions will start at 10:15am on Tuesday 11 February in Committee Room 2 of the House of Lords. Giving evidence to the Committee will be:

Professor Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, Director, Reuters Institute
Angie Pitt, Director of NewsWise
Dr Elinor Carmi, University of Liverpool
Helen Milner OBE, Group Chief Executive, Good Things Foundation
Liz Moorse, CEO, Association for Citizenship Teaching
Jonathan Baggaley, CEO, PSHE Association
Dr Bill Mitchell, Director of Policy, BCS The Chartered Institute for IT
In the first session the Committee will focus on how digitally literate the UK public are and how levels of digital literacy differ between generations and socioeconomic groups, what level of digital literacy is required to ensure the public can engage online and which organisations should lead in ensuring the public are active digital citizens – is it primarily the responsibility of the state or technology companies?
The second session will look at the role of schools in providing digital literacy education and whether we have right balance between teaching digital skills and developing students ability to critically asses information they receive online. The Committee will also ask about the new Ofsted framework and whether this will help improve standards of digital education in schools.

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