RMIT FactLab

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RMIT FactLab is a research hub dedicated to debunking misinformation online and developing critical awareness about its origins and spread. The hub also conducts original research into the digital news ecosystem. 

RMIT FactLab has evolved from RMIT ABC Fact Check, Australia’s premier fact-checking unit. RMIT FactLab is devoted to social media verification, research and education. It brings together the best of quality journalism and academic excellence to teach and build awareness around the damaging impact of bad information. RMIT FactLab will also build tools and strategies to combat the viral spread of misinformation on social media platforms.

Research

RMIT FactLab provides a platform for interdisciplinary research into misinformation online and the impact of new technologies including Artificial Intelligence on the digital news ecosystem. RMIT FactLab brings together experienced fact-check researchers with members of RMIT’s Centre for Information Discovery and Data Analytics (CIDDA). The hub’s key research priorities are developing strategies and systems to identify and debunk false information. It aims to build a critical understanding of misinformation and disinformation. 

Fact-checking explainer animated by RMIT Digital Media students Zachary Teller and Louis Narkowicz.

Education + Training

RMIT FactLab is committed to improving public awareness of the disruptive and harmful nature of misinformation and disinformation. We bring together fact checkers, academic experts, educators and students to help people build the capacity to think critically and tackle the deluge of false information. Whether it’s videos for school kids, workplace internships, a micro credential for scholars or training courses for journalists themselves, we believe education is the first step in fighting fear with facts.

Debunking Misinformation

Launched at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the weekly CoronaCheck newsletter delivers an inoculation against misinformation. From debunking bogus cures and treatments, to the latest on the vaccine rollout, CoronaCheck contains essential information to inform the public when the sharing of false and misleading claims is disrupting the implementation of health safety. CoronaCheck not only features original content produced by our researchers, it also curates relevant fact checks published by a wide array of organisations accredited with the International Fact-Checking Network. View the latest here.

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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer

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torres strait flag

Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.