Misinformation and confusion. How to tackle fake news? 0 Reply

As COVID-19 continues spreading in many countries and will stay with us for a while, posing a serious threat to our health, security and lives, our societies are facing unprecedented challenges, especially with regard to social interaction, information, health, education and even global governance and leadership.

In response to the spread of COVID-19 and the immediate consequences of this unprecedented crisis, members of Dialogue Café network convened a global videoconference cycle of sessions aimed at sharing ideas and strategies with the aim of analysing how best to minimise the paradigm disruption worldwide.

Dialogue Café Network in cooperation with its partners and other relevant stakeholders from affected countries and beyond, are coming together for connecting ideas and experiences around some of the major issues provoked by this pandemic. This cycle of sessions will focus in the fields of digital competencies, mental health, information, and global governance with the aim of providing a digital space to specialists, representatives of public, private and third sectors, entrepreneurs as well as the general public to share experiences, ideas and expertise in responding to this new emergency.

Since March 2020, due to COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, the use of either social media, search engines, video sites and messaging applications (or combinations of these) to get news has increased in most countries (Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism) as well as the spread of false news and misinformation giving their nature to readily share information. Most relevant social networks such as Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube, among others, published a joint statement to combat misinformation. As more people are using social media for news and updates, trusting content is more difficult to reach.

In this framework, Dialogue CafĂ© Network would like to address how better to fight misinformation and contribute to the identification of mechanisms that better determine if the information is accurate. With this purpose, special guests invited will address the following questions and other proposed by participants in the discussion: i) Are fake news good business for social media companies? If yes, which role can they play to fight the stop the spread of mis-information?; ii) How to improve media literacy skills in COVID-19 times? iii) How to promote the use of other means of evidence and enhances trustworthiness? 

Online debate organised will take place via Dialogue Café videoconference system. Registration is mandatory. The debate will be moderated by a member of Dialogue Café Network through questions and the exchange of experiences. External participants will have the possibility of sharing their questions through chat to experts and guest involved.


  • Uroš Andjelkovic, Dialogue CafĂ© Serbia – Dialogue CafĂ© Belgrade
  • Dalia Sendra, Dialogue CafĂ© Association – Dialogue CafĂ© Lisbon

Special guests:

  • Gustavo Cardoso, Full Professor of Communication Sciences at ISCTE – Lisbon University Institute, Portugal and a member of the Innovation Lab Annenberg School of Communication and World Internet Project both based at the University of Southern California – DC Lisbon
  • Ana Pinto Martinho, Professor at ISCTE-IUL and Editor at the European Journalism Observatory website – DC Lisbon 
  • Gabriela Oliveira, Project manager at Two Impulse, chatbot to combat “fake news” and answering specific questions about the Coronavirus – DC Evora
  • Representative of Rádio Campanário – Vila Viçosa – DC Evora
  • Dušan KovaÄŤević, Faculty of political science – DC Belgrade
  • Marija Maric, Public policy coordinator, Centre for youth work – DC Novi Sad
  • Branislava Aradjan, Junior Chamber International Novi Sad, President – DC Novi Sad
  • Nurete Brenner, Director of Ecological Leadership, Lake Erie Institute – Dialogue CafĂ© Cleveland, CWRU-Siegal

Keep posted to know more about the programme. Ensure your registration and share your experience and ideas!

For further information, get in touch.

Dialogue Café Association and Dialogue Café Lisbon – Dalia Sendra (daliasendra@casadoregalo.pt), Dialogue Café Belgrade – Biljana Vukosavljevic (unaserbia@gmail.com), Dialogue Café Cidade de Praia – Indira Pires (ipires@institutopedropires.org.cv), Dialogue Café Cleveland – Karen Laurence (kal179@case.edu) Dialogue Café Évora – Margarida Oliveira/FEA (margarida.oliveira@fea.pt) & Ana Rita Valido/ADRAL (ana.valido@adral.pt), Dialogue Café Novi Sad – Biljana Vukosavljevic (unaserbia@gmail.com)

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Hi Ashique, Thank you for your interest! Our cycle is finalised but more sessions on crafts will take place at Dialogue Cafe. For instance you can visit our profil in vimeo and attend online some sessions recorded. https://vimeo.com/dcafe Otherwise we plan to publish a book with the recommendations and findings of our discussions on crafts. Keep posted! Thanks again for your interest DC team
daliasendra on 2019.07.29