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Why it’s so easy to fall for fake AI images

EDMO Ireland’s media literacy coordinator, Ricardo Castellini da Silva, spoke to RTÉ Brainstorm about fake viral images. After a fake image of Pope Francis in a white puffer jacket went viral, RTÉ Brainstorm wonder what the future holds for judging the veracity of digital images. DCU Professor Alan Smeaton explained that the image was successful […]

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EDMO Ireland presentation on countering disinformation

At the first meeting of the working group that will develop the National Counter Disinformation Strategy, EDMO Ireland coordinator Dr Eileen Culloty delivered a presentation on countering disinformation. The first part of the presentation highlighted key challenges and contexts including how to define the scope of the problem; common misconceptions about public receptiveness to disinformation; […]

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EDMO Ireland contributes to the National Counter Disinformation Strategy

EDMO Ireland coordinator Dr Eileen Culloty has been invited to join the working group that will develop the National Counter Disinformation Strategy. In addition to EDMO Ireland, she will represent the DCU FuJo Institute and Media Literacy Ireland. Coordinated by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media, the working group includes representatives […]

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EDMO Ireland submission to the National Cyber Security Strategy Consultation

EDMO Ireland and FuJo have made a joint submission to the mid-term review consultation of the National Cyber Security Strategy 2019-2024. The strategy identifies a range of measures to enhance cyber security, support the cyber security industry and research community, and advance Ireland’s international role. Given our areas of expertise in digital media literacy and disinformation, […]

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EDMO Ireland and FuJo call for a deeper focus on media literacy in the new national strategy for education

EDMO Ireland and FuJo made a submission to the consultation on the national strategy for literacy, numeracy, and digital literacy that is being developed by the Department of Education and the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth. The submission welcomes the inclusion of digital literacy in the proposed strategy as the previous strategy, which ran […]

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New EDMO Ireland report on disinformation

Last week, EDMO Ireland published a report on disinformation in Ireland. It was presented at a briefing session for Irish stakeholders and special guests, Alberto Rabbacin and Laura Smillie, from the European Commission. DISINFORMATION TRENDS The report provides an overview of disinformation trends in Ireland in terms of actors, narratives, and tactics. In light of […]

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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 […]