Fake News - 2020 Vision.
We are pleased to announce that poster for tomorrow's 11th edition, “Fake News – 2020 Vision”, is now officially open. You have until Wednesday the 20th May to enter the contest and submit your poster entries to our website.
Perhaps the least said about fake news, the better. There is, sadly, no escaping it, literally or figuratively, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t do anything about it. Whatever your politics or beliefs, it is only facts and open debate that will help us move forward together, instead of further entrench us in our positions as fake news intends.
Reducing the carbon footprint of our judging process
To reduce our carbon footprint we will organise our live judging sessions to coincide with a international design event. In this way we can assemble the jurors without asking them to make another significant journey. This year the judging will take place in Lecce, Italy in partnership with "Conversazioni sul futuro", We are very grateful for the festival's support.
We would like to thank Yang Liu who kindly accepted to lead our visual campaign. To see more of her artwork, please click here
We are also happy to announce that our 2020 edition is supported by the French Ministry of Culture.
The full brief in different languages, regulations and more tips are available for download in several languages here
Fake news might feel like a recent development that has only come to prominence since the election of one politician who shall not be named, but the practice of spreading rumours and misinformation is as old as the printed word.
People have always twisted the truth, or simply told lies, to get what they want (or change the world). But now we have the ability to share information faster and wider than ever before. It used to be only a few media outlets or government sources that could shape public thought, but now everyone can.
And unlike the media or government, none of us are held accountable for what we post. As there are few laws or fines that can be thrown at us for posting lies, there is no incentive to act responsibly in the public sphere. Get likes (or votes) first, worry about potential consequences later. If the self-styled leader of the free world can’t be held to account for regularly tweeting and spreading blatant untruths, then what stops everybody else from doing the same?
So what can we do about it?
We can’t stop fake news, but we can do our best to make people aware of the truth.
It’s time for the world to see with 2020 vision, clear and true. It’s time for fact checks, not fake news.
We want you to encourage people to counter fake news with the facts, figures and sources that shine a light on the darkness.
Furthermore, we want you to raise your voices to demand further regulation of the Internet and social media. If it’s made illegal to post disinformation on the internet, then fake news will be cut off at the source.
Check sources. If there’s a source, find out if it’s accurate. If there’s no source, ask why there isn’t.
Check who made the post, argument or source. Are they a bot? Are they trustworthy? What other posts have they made?
Check facts with a trusted ‘official’ source, e.g. government agency or anyone who is regulated or legally required to tell the truth.
Demand regulation of digital (social) media. Unlike traditional media, platforms like Facebook and Google are not obliged to check political adverts, or indeed, any content posted. This means that politicians can lie without consequence. This needs to change. Twitter has stopped posting political ads, but Facebook and Google refuse to. This must change.
Competition: February 10th.- May 20th.
Preselection jury: 20 July 20th. - September 10th
Live Jury: October 22nd 2020
Biennale Program: May 2021