Media and information literacy

The MIL Crossover kits: podcasts, quizzes and pedagogical documents to address Algo-literacy with high school students and adults

Algorithms influence our relationships, our consumption, our culture and especially the way we inform ourselves and perceive the world. But do we really know what they are, how they work, what economic or ideological logic underlies them and how to try to control them rather than suffer from them? Understanding algorithms, being able to analyze them critically, grasping them and learning how to protect oneself against them are the objectives of algo-literacy, the field explored by the Crossover project in its informational dimension.

The Crossover kit is an educational resource kit for educational mediators and training courses, built around podcasts on the links between algorithms and disinformation.

Module 1 : ” The keyboard fighters ” Ranking & recommendation algorithms

If we believed social media, they were to invade the Parliament of Brussels. In reality, as good “slacktivists” they only fought on the Internet. At the crossroads of algorithmic investigation and field reportage and through the story of the Freedom Convoy, our guests will tell us about the considerable gap between the virtual and the real worlds…

For this first crossing of algorithms, we are pleased to talk to Hind Fraihi, a reporter at Apache (Belgium), and Guillaume Kuster, an expert in algorithms and director of Check First (Finland). With them and Divina Frau-Meigs from the association Savoir Devenir (France), you will enter the incredible world of the production of information in the hands of artificial intelligence. By mixing data journalism and field investigation and using the monitoring tool of the popular search engines and social media developed within the European project Crossover, our speakers will try to unveil the mystery around the recommendation algorithms modifying media agendas and our vision of the news.

How do they work?
What are their objectives?
How can they be controlled? That’s what this podcast is all about

Content of the module

Target audience

High school students or adults

Use

By all, to better understand algorithms
As part of workshops or training in algo-literacy

Topics covered

Ranking and recommendation algorithms
How they work and their impact on social media and disinformation

Note : The kit is available in French on Savoir-Devenir website

Module 2 : “Algorithms and propaganda, dangerous liaisons”

In this episode, “Dangerous Liaisons” we look at how social media algorithms favor certain Russian and Chinese state-controlled media. A research conducted by Apache for the Crossover project shows that coverage of the war in Ukraine on YouTube in Belgium is dominated by Chinese and Turkish state controlled media. We seek to understand how these algorithms work and how they reinforce the influence of foreign propaganda on Belgian and European audiences.

CrossOver is a European project that explores and tries to dissect the amazing algorithms that this is all about.

With the participation of :

  • Jan Walraven (interviewer, Apache)
  • Bram Souffreau (Apache, CrossOver Project)
  • Hind Fraihi (Apache, CrossOver Project)
  • Zara Mommerency (Mediawijs)
  • Marieke Rimaux (voice over)

Content of the module

Target audience

High school students or adults

Use

By all, to better understand algorithms
As part of workshops or training in algo-literacy

Topics covered

Recommendation algorithms
How they work and their impact on social media and disinformation

Note : The kit is available in French on Savoir-Devenir website

Module 3 – upcoming

Module 4 – upcoming