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Misinformation and a lack of news literacy across the United States have created a crisis — an existential threat to our democracy. People of all ages urgently need news literacy skills.
As the November election approaches, misinformation threatens the democratic process in unprecedented ways, especially among historically marginalized communities that are often the primary targets of voter suppression efforts. Anxiety over an ongoing public health crisis is only accelerating the spread of viral rumors, hoaxes and conspiracy theories.
To combat election misinformation, NLP is launching Democracy depends on us, a nonpartisan nationwide campaign to provide voters with the tools to inoculate themselves against election misinformation. This critical work will help all Americans protect their right to make their vote count.
Reliable sources for information on voting
- Vote.gov (USAgov and US Election Assistance Commission)
- Your Guide to Voting During the Pandemic (Consumer Reports)
- Vote 411 (League of Women Voters Education Fund)
- How to vote in your state (The Washington Post)
- Also, check out our Flipboard storyboard where we are collecting excellent reporting on election-related misinformation from high-quality news organizations.
Making sense of election data
Data can be a powerful tool. It helps us to understand the world with more precision and greater clarity. Data is often the foundation for research, news articles and social media posts. Authors rely on data to help tell their story or prove their point. Because of its power to influence our understanding and decision–making, it’s essential that we learn how to confidently and critically consume the data we encounter, especially before heading to the polls. We address these questions and more in the blog series “Making sense of data,” presented by our partner SAS, a pioneer in the data management and analytics field.
All new podcast!
How can American democracy survive and thrive in our toxic information environment? That's the question we seek to answer in this 10-episode season. The show includes conversations with leading American thinkers, journalists, foreign policy experts, psychologists and authors.
Voting depends on you
There are several legal, secure and safe ways to cast your ballot during the pandemic. Watch the PSA to learn more.
Test your news literacy know-how with our free app, Informable®. Score points for accuracy and speed across four modes, each with three levels of difficulty.