Crypto.Québec wants to protect you from misinformation with its book We’re fooling you

We all know someone, an acquaintance, a friend, that we have lost [à cause des théories du complot]. It is the intention of the book to succeed in bringing these people back [à la raison]summarizes Luc Lefebvre, the co-founder and president of Crypto.Québec, also one of the signatories of the book.

This self defense guide of 256 pages is the idea of ​​the publisher Trécarré, who approached the organization specializing in cybersecurity in 2020. Their mission: to address disinformation, misinformation and online fraud in a book, all themes that have made a lot of headlines in recent years.

The book “We are fooling you” was co-authored by Fanny Tan, Samuel Harper, Luc Lefebvre, Jimmy Djivre, Catherine Dupont-Gagnon and Samuel Bergeron.

Photo: Julia Marois

A team of six people – collaborating with Crypto.Québec and coming from all walks of life – was thus formed.

On the program for the past year: (a lot) of research and lively discussions on cryptocurrency, deep-cheating (deepfake), radicalization, state disinformation, online scams and big data (big data).

Keys to not being fooled

Each chapter ofYou are deceived starts with a local example that is broken down, then provides tips and solutions. Otherwise it’s too depressinglaunches laughing Luc Lefebvre.

What to do, for example, with a person who seems to have been sucked into the vortex of conspiracy theories? There’s not much you can do if a person doesn’t want to get away with it, but it’s good to try to keep contact to a minimumcites the organization’s co-founder as an example.

The team popularizes in passing concepts such as radicalization and de-radicalization as well as deception tactics, such as the emotional reactions that the thugs try to elicit in their victims, and the clues to recognize them.

We want to light little lights above people’s heads in order to educate themsays Samuel Bergeron, who has an actuarial background and wrote a chapter on cryptocurrency.

Catherine Dupont-Gagnon, from the marketing community, was, for example, interested in fake pregnancy crisis centers that position themselves as abortion clinics.

You seek information online and seek refuge in a vulnerable state. And when you arrive there, you see bloody fetuses on the walls and you are greeted by church people.she explains.

[Ces faux centres] are very skilled on the web and manage to manipulate recommendation algorithms. »

A quote from Catherine Dupont Gagnon

How to recognize them? These sites play on guilt, which a medical center would not do. Medicine is science, it does not go into emotionsays the author.

If you think these scams only exist in the United States, think again. According to Catherine Dupont-Gagnon, there are also some in Quebec, especially in Montreal.

This is also one of the efforts made by the Crypto.Québec team: it tries to unearth examples from here, so that readers can identify with the comments. Resources available in the province are also listed.

An increasingly relevant topic

When we received the order, I wondered if it would still be relevant, the fake news, when it was publishedmentions Luc Lefebvre.

It is clear that yes: The conflict in Ukraine [déclenché en février] is one of the conflicts where there is the most misinformationadds the one who has a past in politics and co-wrote a chapter on state disinformation.

Jimmy Djivre, trained in anthropology and sociology, was not so lucky: he was interested, for the book, in how to distinguish a real image from a false one, especially in hypertricks. He told me that he had attended a conference and that a week or two later, it had already evolvedemphasizes Luc Lefebvre.

Cover of a book showing a person controlled by strings, like a puppet, behind a laptop computer.

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Crypto.Québec’s book “We’re fooling you” will be published on September 7th.

Photo: Trecarre

But the biggest challenge for the team, in the end, was the conciseness of the writing. The subjects were so rich, it was endless. Even up until 11:58 p.m. the day before the deadline, there was still stuff going on in the news [qu’on aurait aimé mettre dans le livre]mentions Catherine Dupont-Gagnon.

The six authors ofYou are deceived hope the book will find its way into people’s personal libraries, but also into schools, especially in cybersecurity courses.

The book You are deceived will appear on September 7 in bookstores and is available for pre-order. (New window)

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