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The best way to fight disinformation may be to follow the example set by Ukraine, a country that has faced its own barrage of Russian-funded deceit.Around the world, people who believe that facts still matter are fighting back.Against this background, training in "media literacy" – skills to help analyze and evaluate news – has become almost sexy. Media literacy programs have been around for decades in the U.S., focusing on issues like media bias and the impact of violence on children. But media literacy for today's world means equipping people of all ages with the means to navigate an increasingly convoluted information ecosystem. And, as my organization's recent experience in Ukraine demonstrates, formal training in media literacy may be the best means of winning the war on state-sponsored, politically motivated propaganda.Russia's propaganda war on Ukraine – a well-funded, widely distributed and highly sophisticated media drive meant to undermine the Ukrainian government's legitimacy – has been ongoing for years. The L2D training drew on principles developed in the U.S., but built the methodology from the ground up. Collaborating with Ukrainian experts, we incorporated actual media consumption, sharing and production patterns into the course design.
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