Saturday, August 28, 2010

Open Government in the UK

Demos recommends lessons on conspiracy theories and online sources like blogs, Wikipedia and newspapers for secondary school students that focused on digital literacy and 'counter knowledge'.

"More needs to be done in schools to teach young people digital literacy, such as being taught to tell the difference between propaganda and honest and accurate reporting," argues the think tank.

Jamie Bartlett, an extremism expert at Demos, said: "The more open the government is, the harder it is for extremist groups to make stories out of silence.

IMO: Much of the Demos recommendations seem to make a lot of sense. Unfortunately some so-called 'conspiracy theories' are simple fact and it will help if people can distinguish and understand the difference. So many sources like Fox News and hopefully to a lesser extent Sky News sometimes totally misreport, simply to lead to personal financial profits for groups like the Murdoch group and it will help ordinary people to find out the facts - and in the long run it can only help the news media too. It may mean that sources like Glenn Beck and some University (extremist) Muslim groups can be placed more easily, also.

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