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How the far right are misrepresenting Irish history

An analysis by EDMO Ireland Disinformation Lead, Kirsty Park and Prof. James Kelly of DCU School of History and Geography in RTE Brainstorm shows the use of the term ‘plantation’ by far right groups in Ireland is a localised effort to peddle misinformation and racism.  A number of protests outside buildings designated as temporary housing for […]

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EDMO Ireland provides Irish analysis for the IRI Beacon Project

EDMO Ireland is contributing analysis to the IRI Beacon Project. The project analyses the potential of hostile narratives to erode support for Ukraine in order to help policymakers understand the communications landscape and potential challenges.  The monthly briefing assesses the most popular social media posts relating to sanctions on Russia, refugees, and NATO and provides […]

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Hubs of the European Digital Media Observatory now extend to the whole EU27

Six new hubs, each one covering one or more Member States, will become part of the European Digital Media Observatory to contribute to the fight against disinformation across Europe. Together with the current eight hubs already in place since 2021, they will expand coverage of the EDMO network to 100% of the EU population. The […]

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New paper examines effectiveness of various misinformation interventions

Developing effective interventions to counter misinformation is an urgent goal, but it also presents conceptual, empirical, and practical difficulties. A new journal article in European Psychologist, co-authored by Jon Roozenbeek from the University of Cambridge and EDMO researchers Eileen Culloty and Jane Suiter reviews over 170 published papers to provide insight on the effectiveness of […]

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EDMO Ireland launches resources section

To mark the end of Media Literacy Week, EDMO Ireland has launched a dedicated resources page with links to hand-picked sources relating to misinformation, disinformation, and media literacy both in Ireland and internationally. The resources page includes Irish organisations and Irish-specific research, general research and reports around disinformation, resources for teaching media literacy to others, […]

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EDMO Ireland participates in European Media Literacy Week 2022

This week marks European Media Literacy Week 2022 and EDMO Ireland is involved in a number of initiatives throughout the week to help promote media literacy.  On Monday 24th, Webwise launched a new audio series ‘Casting the Net’ which features an interview with Susan Daly, Managing Editor of Journal Media whose FactCheck unit is one […]

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EC Vice-President Věra Jourová meets with EDMO representatives on Ireland visit

The European Commission Vice-President for Values and Transparency, Věra Jourová, invited representatives from EDMO Ireland and DCU’s FuJo Institute for a meeting to discuss EDMO’s actions to combat disinformation in Ireland as well as the proposed European Media Freedom Act and the Strengthened Code of Practice on Disinformation.  The Vice-President and her team met with […]

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EDMO Ireland meets with New Zealand delegation to discuss research

EDMO Ireland hosted a study delegation from New Zealand at the School of Communications in DCU to discuss research and findings in the areas of online safety, disinformation, media regulation and media literacy.  The delegation was led by Jan Tinetti MP and Minister of Internal Affairs, Minister for Women and Associate Minister of Education in […]

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Ireland Media Literacy Country Profile

Trust levels in media remain relatively high in Ireland compared to other countries, according to the 2022 Reuters Institute Digital News Report, with 52% of those surveyed trusting news overall. 83% of people get news online each week, and 51% via social media. Internet user skills in Ireland are significantly above the EU average, according to the […]

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Recent factchecks and disinformation news from TheJournal

In September, TheJournal published the following factcheck investigations:   Debunked: A quote by Yuval Noah Harari that technology will ‘replace people’ is missing context Debunked: Teacher wasn’t jailed over pronouns, but for breaking a court order by going to school Debunked: Tony Cascarino did not throw his takeaway in the bin and other fake queen claims […]