Libraries Unlimited is a trusted source of information for the people of Devon and Torbay. Right now, it is more important than ever that people are able to access reliable and accurate information. Below you will find links to trusted sources of information about vaccinations and Covid-19 as well as ways that you can fact check and responsibly share information.
But first…The Glass Room!
The Glass Room Exhibition - Misinformation Edition
What happens when we increasingly rely on social media and the web for nearly all our information? What information do we see, and what do we miss? How do we know if a picture or a tweet is genuine or truthful? And what can we do if we can’t be sure?
In this physical and digital exhibition we explore misinformation in all its forms. You can find out how social media and the web have changed the way we read information and react to it.
Exhibits are presented through a series of posters, visualisations, and apps. We invite you to take a deep dive beyond your screen, and into the world of deepfakes, misinformation, design strategies and profiling.
As technology becomes embedded in every part of our lives and our environments, The Glass Room examines its impacts and helps visitors explore practical solutions to mitigate them.
The exhibition launches during Get Online Week and will visit the following libraries:
Monday 18th October > Friday 29th October
• Barnstaple Library
• Exeter Library
• Paignton Library
Monday 8th November > Friday 19th November
• Ivybridge Library
• Tiverton Library
• Torquay Library
Monday 29th November > Friday 10th December
• Exmouth Library
• Newton Abbot Library
• Tavistock Library
Try out the Glass Room apps:
Fake or Real? - Misinformation can be anything from a funny meme to a manipulated video; it can spread and become viral especially when it is targeted at people who are likely to believe it. Sometimes, it is placed on a spoof website made to look like a major newspaper, and sometimes it comes straight from the mouth of a politician via social media. In Fake or Real Misinformation Edition, dive into this murky world and test your skills at spotting misinformation in its many guises.
Doublecheck - In the age of real-time information, being misled is very simple. Visual disinformation and misinformation are increasingly widespread. But surely you are smart, you know the Internet and how to use it. You won’t have any problems facing this quiz…will you?
Deepfake Lab - Discover how deepfakes work and the visual clues you can use to identify them. We are a group of communication designers that have created this project to demonstrate our research into making our own deep fake, and to communicate the signs you can spot to identify them.
Trusted sources of vaccine and health information:
- NHS Covid-19 information
- The NHS guide to why vaccination is safe and important.
- NHS Covid-19 vaccination information
- Devon County Council Covid-19 information
- Torbay Council Covid-19 information
- Covid-19 Vaccination - British Sign Language Resources
Torbay Community Champion scheme
Community Champions help to keep their local community safe by sharing the best advice about Covid-19 and thus helping to counter the spread of misinformation. https://www.torbay.gov.uk/health-and-wellbeing/public-health/coronavirus/covid-champions/
The independent fact-checking service
Full Fact checks and correct misinformation about vaccines and coronavirus and regularly updates its website to tackle the latest false information. Vaccines - Full Fact Coronavirus - Full Fact
Information from BUPA about how to fact check health information https://www.bupa.co.uk/newsroom/ourviews/fact-check-coronavirus
S - Source: Rely on official sources for medical and safety information. Check the facts about vaccinations and coronavirus on the NHS website and GOV.UK.
H - Headline: Headlines don’t always tell the full story. Always read to the end before you share articles about coronavirus, including those about vaccines.
A - Analyse: Analyse the facts. If something sounds unbelievable, it very well might be. Independent fact-checking services are correcting false information about coronavirus and vaccines every day.
R - Retouched: Watch out for misleading pictures and videos in stories about coronavirus vaccines. They might be edited, or show an unrelated place or event. Check to see who else is using the photo.
E - Error: Look out for mistakes. Typos and other errors might mean the information is false. Official guidance about coronavirus will always have been carefully checked.