Fake news: Combating the larger challenge of information illiteracy

Students taking part in a cyber wellness training session. The writers say information literacy needs to be given priority and integrated into the curriculum and across subjects in the education system.
Students taking part in a cyber wellness training session. The writers say information literacy needs to be given priority and integrated into the curriculum and across subjects in the education system.PHOTO: KINGMAKER CONSULTANCY

On Sept 20, the Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods released a report, recommending measures to combat fake news. These included the creation of a national framework to equip the public with skills to discern truth.

The larger issue to address is the challenge of information illiteracy.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 03, 2018, with the headline 'Fake news:Combating the larger challenge of information illiteracy'. Print Edition | Subscribe