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Bad News | a social impact game that aims to "vaccinate" people against fake news & disinformation

Uploaded by RRI Tools on 11 January 2019

DROG, in collaboration with the University of Cambridge.

In the social impact game Bad News you take on the role of fake news-monger. Enter the shadowy world of online deceit and rise to power. Build your army of online trolls and spread conspiracies to influence the public debate and contemplate the dangerous implications disinformation can have on your daily life and society as a whole.

Drop all pretense of ethics and choose the path that builds your persona as an unscrupulous media magnate. But keep an eye on your ‘followers’ and ‘credibility’ meters. Your task is to get as many followers as you can while slowly building up fake credibility as a news site. But watch out: you lose if you tell obvious lies or disappoint your supporters!

In collaboration with the University of Cambridge, DROG has developed this innovative vaccine to show you how various tactics and methods are used to spread deceitful messages. Theybelieve the best way to cultivate a sixth sense to recognise and expose disinformation is to create it yourself.

The game is intended for use in education and scientific research. The game includes a questionnaire intended for future scientific publications on media literacy. DROG is using this data only upon players’ explicit permission. All collected data remains entirely anonymous and will be used for no purpose other than research.


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