This project is an experiment in experiential learning through a cyber verification lab at the University of Hong Kong’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre. This ‘J-school verification lab’ is believed to be the first of its kind in Asia. Meedan from Google News Labs has partnered in this research by providing access and technical support to develop a global platform for the verification lab. Students simultaneously learn how to apply critical thinking skills as well as practical digital skills to ‘debunk and discern’ online information and make sense from the constant ‘noise’ flowing from photos, videos and messages in social media. Results of the cyber verification lab will be made available on open-platforms for the public to consume globally, in an effort to improve digital citizenship responses and behaviour.
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