Great news: Google, Canada collaborate on project to teach students to spot ‘fake news’

Great news: Google, Canada collaborate on project to teach students to spot ‘fake news’

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Google Canada is investing $500,000 toward teaching Canadian elementary and high school students how to be news literate.

The program, called News Wise, wants to highlight the importance of journalism in a democracy, as well as give students the tools and the know-how to find and filter information online. It is aimed at five million school-aged Canadians between the ages of nine to 19.

“There is a proliferation of information online, [so] making sure that this next generation is equipped with these kinds of tools is really important,” Aaron Brindle, head of public affairs for Google Canada, told CBC.

Brindle also said Google’s position as an information juggernaut makes them the perfect partner for this kind of initiative.

“Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information,” he said. “We’re letting them down if we can’t help them find information that’s relevant and helpful and factual.”

The program is a partnership with the Canadian Journalism Foundation and Civics Canada (CIVIX), the group behind the popular Student Votes school program.

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