EUNOMIA brochure on information hygiene

February 17th, 2021 by

EUNOMIA has published its first brochure, which presents our guidelines for information hygiene. Information hygiene is the practice of following daily routines that reduce the risk of acting upon and sharing misinformation to one’s network. While other recommendations such as “check the source”, “check how the information reached you” and “check whether the account is a bot” are certainly useful, they are vague, often time-consuming, complicated or difficult. Information hygiene, on the other hand, are practices that can simply become part of one’s routine.

Based on thorough research, we have elaborated 9 guidelines:

  • Be cautious of information forwarded to you through your network.
  • Be wary of popular posts.
  • Be wary of language that is making you feel emotional. It is designed to become viral, not to inform.
  • Be mindful of your emotions when reading a post. Anger makes you susceptible to biases.
  • Refrain from sharing based only on a headline.
  • Take a moment to think when provided with a nudge, such as some form of a flag.
  • Be wary of resharing information for its high novelty.
  • Repost to refute with evidence.
  • Use a dedicated tool or button to flag misinformation.

Following these guidelines, it becomes easy to stop misinformation before it gets viral – to flatten the curve of the infodemic.

The brochure is available for download here.

EUNOMIA project in the CoU “Human and societal aspects of the pandemic and beyond: domestic violence, child sexual abuse, infodemic” conference

October 9th, 2020 by

EUNOMIA was invited to participate in the “infodemic” session during the virtual conference “Human and societal aspects of the pandemic and beyond: domestic violence, child sexual abuse, infodemic”, organized by the Community of Users on Secure, Safe and Resilient Societies (CoU). The online event was held online in September, 2020.

EUNOMIA partners Diotima Bertel from SYNYO and Pinelopi Troullinou from Trilateral Research presented EUNOMIA project and specifically the Information Hygiene guides. They illustrated how our toolkit supports social media users to adopt such a routine protecting themselves and their networks against the “infection” of misinformation.