Find something false, find something true.

Fake source:

The Internet is a confusing space to navigate. One example attached, Fake news on solar use.

SIFT METHOD

Stop:

Use a moment to stop and review at the article is this first step. Look through the article to find indication that it is a false claim, for example in this article it states below the title that it is, America’s shittiest news source.”

Investigate:

A quick Google search on the internet will show results that this page and article will indicate that this article belongs to a site called, ”National Report” a satirical web news page.

Find Better Coverage:

Here attached is an example of a credible source Real information on solar energy. This site has clear history, contact information, and reliable sources. A secondary google search gives important information on the organization.

Trace Claims:

This example is misleading as it can be shard as an article on social media, tracing claims can be helpful to find the truth. you can trace many facts on solar energy specifically.

True Source:

Real information on solar energy.

Stop:

Looking at different elements such as the, “.gov”

Investigation:

A google search determines that this page has adequate funding, budget, and a reliable source.

Find Better Coverage:

Other scholarly sources reference this page, and agree with the information.

Trace Claims:

Claims are actuate from this article from further research.

More Resources on The SIFT Method.

All about the SIFT method; Check,Please!

Who is the internet for?

The answer to this…everyone!

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Openness

Why?

The playing field for the access to information should always be left open. Everyone should have the right to access web-based information. Every person should be able to have quality experiences on the internet with the ever-changing technology driven world that we live in.

How?

It is important to make sure that content created is “open” for public use and we must continue to have and use content that is not trapped behind paywalls. Signing petitions and keeping with the news are important ways to promote the internet’s “openness.”

Accessibility

Why?

It is important that the internet is accessible to be able to accommodate as many users as possible. The more accessible things are the more people will be able to use the internet which is constantly changing and becoming more prevalent than ever.

How?

There are many ways to increase accessibility, keeping the internet as open as possible, generating more ways for people with disabilities to continue to have internet usability, and continuing to learn how to make the web more accessible are all important.

More Resources

Here attached is an article containing specifics and further information on accessibility .

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