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Untruthful social profiles, YouTube videos that play on the unpredictability of human emotions, journalists that twist facts to force opinions, are just a few digital influences that can affect our everyday lives and the choices we make.

When mother of three Kate Roberts was scammed out of £80,000 by fraudsters on friend’s reunited in January 2011 it proved two things. 1) Even the most credible of platforms features user’s with hidden agendas and 2) If adults can be deceived so easily on-line how do we have a chance at protecting young people from deception and manipulation?.

Digital Disruption was started in East London 2 years ago in an attempt to strengthen the critical thinking abilities of young people. It came about because we identified a gap in the education of 14-18 year olds that leaves many teenagers vulnerable to recruitment by criminal groups via the Net. The result has been the co-development of a selection of online education tools that enable young people to learn about the many techniques of propaganda before passing these learnings onto peers through their online networks.

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Digital Disruption is a project to

challenge and disrupt extremist

messages on the internet by

building resilience in vulnerable

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