Beyond Reality: Navigating the Ethical Minefield of Deepfake Technologies

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  Deepfake technology, a synthesis of the terms "deep learning" and "fake," has emerged as a powerful tool powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI), enabling the creation of highly convincing fake videos, images, and audio recordings.…

Meeting fake news head on: fact-checking ‘the news’

An Urgent Task: Bust the Myth Deconstructing Gossip, Rumours and Lies: Battling Misinformation in a Climate of Fake News Has Malta’s population doubled over the past 10 years? No. Will the World Health Organisation assume powers over Malta’s…

Q*, AGI and the Altman Saga

In the aftermath of last month's upheaval at OpenAI, attention has turned to the enigmatic Q*—a groundbreaking AI model that played a central role in the removal of CEO Sam Altman by the company's chief scientific officer, Ilya Sutskever,…

Navigating the Human Narrative in the Age of AI Storytelling

A look at human connection, innovation, and originality, increased audience engagement, screenwriting, and storytelling now. The Hollywood SAG-AFTRA strike may be over, but this does not mean there is a solution where screenwriting and AI…
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A day in the life as a student in the year 2150

So I asked ChatGPT what a day at school in the year 2150 might look like and the results were interesting. Due to the advancements in technology, changes in pedagogy, and societal shifts, students may not even need to leave their homes to go…


The 3CL Foundation is a partner in EBSI-CAN under the European Commission NGI Sargasso funding programme, focusing on catalysing European collaboration with the US and Canada on topics such as trust and data sovereignty, digital identity, internet architecture renovation, decentralised technologies ...

Teacher Evolution: How AI is Reshaping the Profession

The strides the world is taking, with regards to technological advancement and innovation, is making every sector of society hard at work to keep up, and the meteoric rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been standing out at the forefront…

Combating Extremism Through Digital Literacy: Empowering Young Minds in the Digital Age

In the age of information, young people are more connected than ever before. However, this connectivity also exposes them to the risk of extremism. Extremism has emerged as a significant global concern, with the internet serving as a potent…

Joe Toscano on the Attention Economy and its Repercussions

A Conversation on Surveillance, Regulation, Data and Its Economic Model, Privacy, Reputation and Consumer Trust! On October 5th, the 3CL Foundation in collaboration with Spazju Kreattiv and the Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences (University…

The Consequences of Ignoring AI in Schools: A Missed Opportunity

Just like Wikipedia, Google or even the birth of the internet, AI has taken the world – and education by storm. However, unlike Google or the internet, Generative AI is largely misunderstood. Most do not know that they’re already using AI…

In the Waiting Room: Reflections on education, generational divides, and the rise of AI

For many members of Generation Z, many myths surrounding education systems are being blown apart. Against the backdrop of pandemic-related restrictions, fears have exploded over the risk of credentials being ‘devalued’ by the adoption of alternative teaching and assessment methods and cancellation or replacement of exams.

Unleashing the Power of Malta’s Silver Surfers: How Digital Literacy is Transforming Ageing

Malta, like many Mediterranean countries, is grappling with an ageing population. Data by the National Statistics Office (NSO) highlights the unique potentials and needs of this demographic, particularly in terms of lifelong learning. Recognising…

Levelling up: The Power of Gamified Pedagogy

Imagine a classroom where learning is not merely made of boards, screens, presentations, and students’ desks, but an engaging adventure taking our children to perilous jungles, futuristic starships, or opening their risk-free business franchise,…

Nurturing Responsible Digital Citizens: Teaching Digital Citizenship through Ethics in Maltese Schools

As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, digital technologies have become an integral part of our everyday lives. From social media and gaming platforms to online learning environments, the internet affords countless opportunities for…

Navigating the AI Regulation Revolution

OpenAI's CEO Sam Altman recently stated that OpenAI might ‘cease to operate’ in the EU, sparking a widespread discussion and political debate on data regulation and AI regulation. This came about after a wider discussion on how AI might…

Launch of ‘Young People and Information. A Manifesto’

3CL launched 'Young People and Information. A Manifesto' at Kixott in Mosta on the 15th of June 2023. The event drew a small but highly engaged crowd of educators, workers in the youth sector, and media professionals who recognised the pressing…

Slave Labour in the data mines of ChatGPT

Generative AI language models, with their relentless craving for monumental amounts of labelled and filtered text data, set the stage for a contemporary kind of digital exploitation. Reminiscent of the industrial demand for precious metals,…
Young People & Information: It’s Complicated Conference 2022

3CL Foundation joins Strategic Committee of EU Large Scale Pilot Project European Digital Credentials for EU (DC4EU)

The 3CL Foundation has joined a large scale pilot project European Digital Credentials for EU (DC4EU) funded under the Digital Europe Programme.

Pre-service teachers and educators experience classroom scenarios in Virtual Reality

VRTeacher Project wraps up Pre-service teachers and educators from various institutions in Malta have been trained in classroom scenarios through a virtual reality application developed by the VRTeacher Project, which wrapped up in May 2023.…

Young People and Information Manifesto

Young People and Information. A Manifesto was developed by the 3CL Foundation and edited by Alex Grech. ISBN paperback and pdf: 978-9918-0-0523-9

Humans and Machines: Collaborative learning in the Age of AI

We are in the middle of a hype cycle on Generative AI. If you happen to be in the education sector or have an interest in the future of the labour market - polarised and dystopian views are very much in vogue. On 3rd May 2023, we host an expert panel to dispel myths and focus on the potential for tangible action by key stakeholders.

Personalised media consumption, malinformation and the nature of platforms – In conversation with Hossein Derakhshan

We recently met up with Hossein Derakhshan, an Iranian-Canadian author, researcher, and public speaker, as well as the pioneer of blogging, podcasts and tech journalism in Iran. In this conversation, Hossein Derakhshan and Jacob Grech discuss…
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Will AI apps replace artists?

Recently, I stumbled across a video on Instagram of Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki being asked about artificial intelligence. He was utterly shocked and disgusted at the technological advancements and said that “he would never wish to incorporate…
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Will ChatGPT destroy education or resuscitate it?

It’s the year 2033. You’ve got your feet up. You’ve taken a break from your AI-assisted microchip and stepped out of your immersive pod. You can still see ads through your lenses - carefully undetectable but deliciously delectable for…
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Young People & Information: It’s Complicated Conference 2022

The relationship of young people with the media and technology they use and trust to secure information is of great relevance to our ongoing research and projects.

3CL participates in Education Training on Virtual Reality applications

A team of trainees representing the 3CL Foundation was in Madrid in June 2022 to participate in the first in-person learning, teaching and training activity (LTTA) organised by the VRTeacher Project.
SIDS Webinar on Renewable Energy

Partnerships for SIDS Webinar: Renewable Energy Sources and Water Management

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 ‘If working apart we are a force powerful enough to destabilise our planet, surely working together we are powerful enough to save it’ – Sir David Attenborough addressing COP26 Summit delegates Renewable energy and the importance of…

Education, Media, and Technology in a Post-Truth World: An Analysis

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‘Introduction to Media, Technology and Education in a Post-truth Society: From Fake News, Datafication and Mass Surveillance to the Death of Trust’ was launched on the 8th July 2021. This collection of essays is edited by 3CL director Alex…

Reading Between the Blurred Lines in a Post-Truth Era

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The following article is a preview of the book Media, Technology and Education in a Post-Truth Society authored by academic and strategist Dr Alex Grech. We are living in an age where information is at our disposal quite literally at our…

Women and Girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

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Girls and women are still subject to prejudice, biases, social norms and expectations when it comes to pursuing education and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The UNESCO groundbreaking report Cracking the code: Girls’…
Two Female Students during a Robotics / Engineering Class

Breaking Barriers and Societal Misconceptions

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When one thinks of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and people who specialize in said areas of expertise, perhaps a reflex reaction is to think of male experts. At least, that’s what society has conditioned…

Social Justice Education post-Covid 19

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In July 2021, 3CL organized a series of three 90-minute webinars on the theme of “Social Justice Education post-Covid 19". The webinars were coordinated by Professor John P. Portelli, Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto and Chair of the 3CL Board of Administrators.

Media, Technology and Education in a Post-Truth Society

Media, Technology and Education in a Post-Truth Society is a newly-published collection of essays edited by Dr Alex Grech. The book levers on the 3CL's work on the post-truth society and digital and media literacies.
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VRTeacher European Project kicks off

The kick-off meeting of the European project entitled "VRTEACHER - Virtual Reality-based Training to improvE digitAl Competences of teacHERs " took place between Wednesday 9 June and Thursday 10 June 2021. The 3CL Foundation is one of the partner…
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Series of online workshops on Post-Covid Social Justice Education

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The 3CL Foundation, together with the Commonwealth of Learning, is organising a series of three workshops with the title "Justice Education in a Post-Covid-19 World".  The aim of this workshop series is to create a meaningful conversation…

3CL to contribute to OSCE debate on disinformation and self-regulation in the digital society

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Dr Alex Grech, the Executive Director of the 3CL Foundation, has been invited to join an expert panel convened by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on disinformation and self-regulation in the digital society. The event will be hosted by the  on the 25th June 2021, starting at 1330 CET.

OECD publishes its Digital Education Outlook 2021

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The OECD Digital Education Outlook 2021 includes a chapter on the blockchain in education, focusing on case studies engaged with the issuing of academic credentials to a blockchain.
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New EDUCAUSE Horizon Report published

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The 2021 EDUCAUSE Horizon Report, Teaching and Learning Edition takes stock of the changes that have been brought by the Covid-19 pandemic in higher education. It has to be seen whether these changes, the include widespread use of e-learning,…

Blockchain in Education: Processes for Implementation

Educators from India, Mauritius, Botswana and Nigeria in higher education and TVET institutions joined a 3CL workshop and prepared strategy documents for their respective organisations with a focus on blockchain curriculum or verifiable credentialing.