The NoRumourHealth project, coordinated by the ScienceFlows research group of the Universitat de València, organises workshops on health misinformation for people over 60 with the aim of helping them to distinguish health hoaxes from information based on scientific evidence and thus avoid the consequences of health hoaxes.
Sessions on misinformation organised by the ScienceFlows research group in the framework of the No Rumour Health project will take place on 17 and 20 January at the Beatriu Civera Research Institute building at the University of Valencia. The aim of these workshops is to provide older people with tools that allow them to distinguish health hoaxes from information based on scientific evidence.
You can see the information leaflet here
Each of the sessions will provide basic guidelines for detecting false information and help them to download and access the digital tools created by the No Rumour Health consortium. The tools, an app, a learning platform and a digital book, have been created through a participatory process involving people over 60 in Spain, Poland and Greece. Both the workshops and the tools are free of charge. To participate in the workshops you only need to register in advance through this link.
No Rumour Health Project
The aim of the project, which started in December 2019, is to provide resources tailored to the needs and concerns of the older population, who are also the most vulnerable to misinformation. In fact, research published by the European Research Council, carried out in the United States during the 2016 presidential election campaign, showed that the population group most likely to share fake news was the over-65s. This population group shared on average up to seven times more content from fake domains than the younger population.
Among the tools that the project partners have developed is a mobile application that allows them to detect false information and check the veracity of the news. This tool is designed in a way that is easy to use for older people. A series of digital modules have also been created to enable users to learn how to detect fake health news. Finally, the project partners have also published a digital book containing the main findings of the project. All these tools are available free of charge.
The project has received funding from the European Union through the Erasmus+ programme and has also involved the Salud sin Bulos institute, FyG Consultores, Danmar Computers (Poland) and Evropeii Inhilates (Greece).