Skepsis is an international movement, a direct product of the “Who? If not we are” Youth Exchange Program, actualized within the framework of Erasmus+. Through cooperation, fruitful discussion and exchange of opinions, views and stances, the six participating countries of Spain, Italy, Greece, Romania, Poland and Norway, gave substance to the need for a proactive measure that is sure to counter the issue of global proportions that is fake news.
Chosen by the Collins as the 2017 Word of the Year, fake news is perceived as a major problem by 80% of young Americans from 18 to 29 years old and up to 75% by older adults, so much so that, according to Collins Dictionary’s lexicographers, who monitor the 4.5bn-word Collins corpus, that usage of the term had increased by 365% since 2016.
With these stats constituting a direct call to action, Skepsis was born to embody our efforts to raise awareness of the problem, and as it progresses towards recognition as such by our societies and institutions, to develop a comprehensive strategy and action plan to give substance to our reaffirmation of belief to a solution.
By promoting fact-checking and credible sources of information, as well as cooperation with the multitude of civil society actors on a regional, national and international level, we aspire to grow and reach as many people as possible.
However, one of the most important aspects of our work is and will be education. Through formal and non-formal practice focusing on media literacy, and the promotion of critical thinking which we believe is the kernel of a democratic conscience, we will train citizens without discriminating on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability or handicap, sex or gender (including pregnancy, sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct including acts of sexual violence such as rape, sexual assault, sexual exploitation and coercion), gender identity and/or expression (including a transgender identity), sexual orientation, military or veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by national or international law, thus providing them with the tools to take on the responsibilities of an active agent of change, an actor of undeniable importance to a sustainably democratic and prosperous society.