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Supporting Information Integrity around Elections

According to the New York Times, almost half the population of the world will go to the polls in 2024, at a time when it is more difficult than ever to know whether information is accurate and reliable. What does this mean for democracy? What is being done to support the integrity of information around elections? What practical steps can people take to verify the accuracy and reliability of the information that they will use to make decide who they want to represent them?

We’ve gathered together some of the resources available to help people develop awareness of disinformation and the importance of good information hygiene, especially around elections:

  • Be Election Smart: Ahead of the European Elections, EDMO and the EDMO Hubs are promoting the #BeElectionSmart campaign which highlights practical tips and resources to help people develop their media literacy skills.
  • Learn about Ireland’s Electoral System: People are often confused about the electoral system and bad actors spread false information about it. The Electoral Commission, an Coimisiún Toghcháin, has a learning hub that explains how Ireland’s democratic system and electoral events work.
  • TheJournal Knowledge Bank: TheJournal’s FactCheck team launched Knowledge Bank to host a toolkit with videos, tips, and guides on how to source reliable information and develop your skills in verifying images and online content. It also offers a background guide to key topics – climate crisis, society, migration, public health, conflict and elections – that tend to attract bad information. The site will be updated by the FactCheck team. Visit the Knowledge Bank.
  • Treat Every Day Like April Fool’s Day: An Coimisiún Toghcháin, as Ireland’s independent electoral commission has created three 30-second social media videos warning people to treat every day like April Fool’s Day, and featuring people being shown headlines that may or may not be true. It has advised people to bring the same critical thinking that they use to dodge April Fool’s Day pranks today, to combatting false information about June’s upcoming elections. View the campaign here.
  • Be Media Smart: Be Media Smart is a national media literacy campaign facilitated by Media Literacy Ireland and promoted for international media literacy week in October. The website hosts accessible resources including ‘ask the expert’ Q&As, information about factchecking, and videos of previous webinars. The website is also available in Irish. Visit Be Media Smart.
  • Disinfo Bulletin: This daily newsletter from the EDMO Task Force on 2024 EU Elections delivers concise updates on urgent disinformation narratives surrounding the upcoming Elections for the European Parliament, including insights from fact-checking networks and community initiatives, directly to your inbox every weekday around noon, until election day. Subscribe to Disinfo Bulletin.
  • Prebunking to preempt manipulation online: Google and Jigsaw are running a prebunking campaign ahead of the European Parliamentary elections. The campaign teaches audiences how to spot common manipulation techniques before they encounter them via short video ads on social. Tá siad anseo as Gaeilge freisin.