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Combat hate

DIGITOL is a European project funded by the Erasmus+ program of the European Commission. It aims to combat hate speech and misinformation with digital literacy and intergenerational contacts between more naturally proficient users (younger Europeans) and less digitally-literate users (older Europeans).

Through intergenerational activities, DIGITOL will promote mutual learning, social cohesion, and active citizenship and thus contribute to defending the European common values of solidarity and diversity.
At times where intense digital communications tend to facilitate the dissemination of fake news that fuel populism and discrimination, DIGITOL will participate in building an inclusive alternative for our digital worlds.

Over two years, the project will conduct the following set of activities:

1

Analyse & Assess

*  Surveys sourcing knowledge on seniors’ digital literacy and active citizenship in Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, and Italy.

 

**  Interviews of experts providing qualitative insights on the current initiatives to combat fake news, develop digital literacy and critical thinking, as well as support older persons to engage online.

 

***  Focus Groups with local stakeholders and seniors discussing the data collection findings.

2

Design & Empower

*  Develop the DIGITOL Digital Academy, a content-aware & multifunctional tool allowing users to access data, training materials and the other interactive educational tools.

 

**  Engage 10 young people (aged 18-30) in Bulgaria, Germany, Greece and Italy who will participate to the 30-hours train-the-trainers programme, focused on combatting fake news and polarisation.

 

***  Engage 25 seniors (aged over 55) who will participate to the DIGITOL 60-hours capacity building programme led by young people and external experts aimed to equip participants with theoretical and practical tools to better understand the evolution of contemporary society in alignment with our European values.

3

Engage & Involve

*  Human Libraries using a library analogy of lending people rather than books. These people have experienced prejudice, social exclusion or stigma, and will share episodes of their life they wish to talk about. Participants-readers will listen and can ask them questions so as to learn about the other person and challenge their own prejudices.

 

**  Digitol Festivals, blending together more traditional (art/museums’ exhibitions, workshops in schools, etc.) and innovative (street performances, viral communication campaigns on social media, launch of crowdfunding campaigns, etc.) actions. They will also include workshops on controversial topics open to the public and run in partnership with schools and non-formal training providers.