Young Digital Leaders 2019: From Safety to Citizenship Online

Young Digital Leaders (YDL) is an educational programme aiming to empower young people across Europe through digital citizenship, critical thinking and media literacy. The programme, developed by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and supported by Google.org, was created to equip young people with the knowledge and skills they need to be safe, effective and empowered online citizens in the 21st century. It also sought to upskill teachers and parents so they could more proactively support this process, with a better understanding of the challenges faced online. The second phase built on a 2018 YDL pilot, expanding its reach with a collaborative partnership model between these stakeholder groups and local civil society organisations in Bulgaria, Greece and Romania.

This report describes the programme’s logic, content and the findings of our evaluation. It demonstrates its impact on participants, describes ideas to improve future programme delivery, and makes recommendations for policymakers who can positively influence the provision
of digital citizenship education (DCE) throughout Europe.

Hosting the ‘Holohoax’: A Snapshot of Holocaust Denial Across Social Media

This briefing paper examines the extent to which Holocaust denial content is readily accessible across Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and YouTube. This paper also demonstrates how appropriately applied content moderation policies can be effective in denying dangerous conspiracy theorists a public platform by examining how Holocaust denial content has decreased significantly in the past year on YouTube.

Developing a Civil Society Response to Online Manipulation

This document presents a vision for a pan-civil societal response to online manipulation. In part, it argues, this will come down to capability: building a pooled detection capacity to function as a transparent, public interest alter­native to those built by the tech giants. In part, it will require new organisational philosophies and forms of co-operation, and in part new approaches to funding and support.

The 101 of Disinformation Detection

Disinformation can threaten the activities, objectives and individuals associated with civil society groups and their work. This toolkit lays out an approach that organisations can undertake to begin to track online disinformation on subjects that they care about. The process is intended to have a very low barrier to entry, with each stage achievable using either over-the-counter or free-to-use social media analysis tools.