The New Paper: NUS Communications and New Media’s Groundbreaking Module on Fake News Featured

NUS’ Department of Communications and New Media’s groundbreaking module- NM2303 Fake News, Lies and Spin: How to Sift Fact From Fiction– is featured in the New Paper.

To fight fake news, tertiary institutions have introduced lessons to help students differentiate fact from fiction. Three polytechnics and three universities told The New Paper they recently introduced courses to tackle the growing problem, which has worsened globally. This move is timely as the Government steps up its own battle against fake news…

Source: The New Paper

Fake News Must Die- Hackathon 2017

The organisers of this Hackathon aim to reduce the impact of misinformation by making it easy for users to quickly verify or check if a rumour or piece of information they received is real. For instance, this can take the form of a website where users can submit a query and quickly check if the rumour/information is real. The website could also enable crowd-sourcing of fact checking as a way to enable scale. Initially, fact checkers will come from students from various tertiary institutions and a pool of trained volunteers.

First, an online platform for these fact checkers needs to be created.

For thisĀ Hackathon, we’re looking for creative implementations addressing the issues above. If you have any enquiries, please reach out to Francesca Nathan at fran@nus.edu.sg.