The Anti-Rumour project is funded by the Erasmus+ program, and is implemented with project partners from Cyprus, Greece and Spain. It raises awareness regarding fake news and conspiracy theories with a focus on disinformation surrounding environmental awareness and social inclusion. The project addresses young people in particular, who are more familiar with and present in social media and can quickly transform into active media producers rather than passive media consumers.
Never before has it been so easy for any citizen or association to express their own opinions or create and disseminate news. And while on one hand, the ability to do so is an expression of our right for freedom of speech, on the other hand, this “power” might debilitate or even threaten rights of certain communities if used irresponsibly. The challenges that our global society has been facing in the last years have shown us more than once how misinformation can negatively affect important issues like climate change, immigration and public health policy - resulting in distrust, weakening engagement in democratic processes, political institutions and weakening democracy itself. Therefore, the discernment of fake news and conspiracy theories becomes crucial to have well-informed citizens and to strengthen democracy and make it more resilient.
More information on the project can be found here: https://anti-rumour.eu