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Fake News, Misinformation and Disinformation: Algorithmic Literacy

What is Algorithmic Literacy

Algorithm literacy is defined as:

"being aware of the use of algorithms in online applications, platforms, and services, knowing how algorithms work, being able to critically evaluate algorithmic decision-making as well as having the skills to cope with or even influence algorithmic operations. The combination of these cognitive and behavioral dimensions thus allows internet users to understand, evaluate, and cope with algorithms in a self-determined way. Practically speaking, this means that individuals are able to apply strategies that allow them to modify predefined settings in algorithmically curated environments, such as in their social media newsfeeds or search engines, to change algorithms’ outputs, compare the results of different algorithmic decisions, and protect their privacy."

Source: DOI: 10.1080/19312458.2021.1968361

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This project and the eBook collections noted in this guide were made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services- American Rescue Plan Act Grant: G14524.

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