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The tech giant Google and several social organizations announced the launch of “DigiMente”, a program to promote media education in Latin America and thus combat misinformation.

Aimed at students of schools in vulnerable communities from across the region, the initiative will offer lessons to “train in how to create and share content ethically and strengthen critical thinking to face the challenges posed by technology,” the company explained in a statement sent to Efe.

Quality of the information

Initially, this program will start with a pilot in Argentina, Colombia and Mexico, to later expand through an online education platform to all Latin America Hispanic.

“This responds to an initiative by Google to promote the availability of truthful and quality information, because we recognize that in the digital age a significant part of the learning of our young people occurs online, in a dizzying way and without many controls, “said the giant of internet searches.

“DigiMente: media education for Latin America “is led, precisely, by the social laboratories Movilizatorio, Teach For All, Enseñá por Argentina, Enseña por Colombia and Enseña por México, under the support of the Google News Initiative, the dependence of technology in favor of journalism and transparent information.

The objectives of the program

The objective is “to generate a curriculum in Spanish that is available for free and open to teachers and students throughout the continent “, Google completed in its note. The Mountain View company (California, USA) confirmed that, as part of the schedule, it is expected that the development of the project will focus on throughout 2020 and 2021.

During the first semester of the year, it has already focused on researching and gathering information on the media consumption and management and in the evaluation of “the level of critical and socio-emotional analysis” possessed by Hispanic American children and youth between 12 and 17 years of age.

According to Google, this collection has been carried out in rural and urban educational institutions from Argentina, Colombia, and Mexico through an online questionnaire, telephone interviews, and focus groups. On the basis of these results obtained, the first version of the curriculum is currently being built for its implementation in the second half of the year.

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