Agent C is a new project lead by All Together Now focusing on online conspiracy theories and fake news.
The aim of Agent C is to develop specialised training with and for young people in order to challenge divisive and hateful conspiracy theories and fake news. This includes but is not limited to far-right extremist conspiracy theories and fake news narratives.
Funding for the project has been provided by the NSW Government through Multicultural NSW.
All Together Now believes this project is necessary as the current COVID-19 pandemic has caused a significant rise in online conspiracy theories and fake news, and has also created the ideal circumstances for racism and right-wing extremism to flourish, as detailed in our position paper.
This new project is based on learnings from our CAPE project, which provides training about far-right extremism to frontline workers across NSW. We are now also offering countering far-right extremism training workshops to anyone who is interested.
Our aim with Agent C is to enhance the confidence and capacity of young people aged 14-21 to unpack and critically engage with hateful conspiracy theories and fake news and to have stimulating conversations with their peers encouraging critical thinking.
Our project partners are a number of local Headspace centres (for the recruitment of training participants) and Urbis (for project evaluation). We are also working with a number of informal partners for advice and guidance, including academics and co-design experts.