General Article Truth, lies and the Internet

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The Internet is now almost certainly the greatest source of information for people living in the UK today. We use it to read up on what is happening in the world, to get advice about things that worry us, to argue and collaborate, to decide who to vote for and who to date. The information we access and consume on the Internet is central to forming our attitudes, our beliefs, our views about the world around us and ours sense of who we are within it.
The amount of information available to us at the click of a mouse when making these decisions can be both liberating and asphyxiating. Although there are more e-books, trustworthy journalism, niche expertise and accurate facts and figures at our fingertips than ever before, there are equally unprecedented amounts of mistakes, half-truths, mis-truths, propaganda, misinformation, disinformation and general nonsense.
Making sense of all this – knowing how to discriminate the good, reliable, trustworthy or useful information from the bad – i...

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