Extremism and Education: fake news and extreme views


The more important the online aspects of our lives have become, the more vulnerable

democratic, pluralistic, societies have found themselves. In the last three years, extremist groups and state actors have systematically spread disinformation online in order to warp our perceptions, damage social cohesion, and influence political processes.

Extremists thrive where critical thinking, media literacy and awareness of the dynamics of the

online space are lacking. As this threat has evolved, equipping young people with the skills they need to effectively consume online information, and to be responsible digital citizens in the 21st century, has become increasingly urgent. This session will examine the current disinformation context, the evidence supporting the efficacy of digital citizenship education as a response, and potential future technological advancements that might fundamentally disrupt how we prepare young people for life online.