Module 6 - Evaluating information
Lesson 1d - Answers

LOOK at these two Web sites, and DECIDE if they are both created by a Government

Department or not:   NO, they are not!

   

USAGC is an independent for-profit organization, even though they have developed a Web site with very similar colors and layout to the U.S. Department of State Web site.  They even display a State Department Logo! 

This Web site does display a clear disclaimer however:

"USAGC is not affiliated with or endorsed by the U.S. Government
usagc.org website is a private entity and is not a governmental agency
"

   

This is the U.S. Department of State official Web site.

So, WHY do some organizations copy the look and feel of other Web sites?  They do this to trick Internet users into thinking that they are something else, of course!  You are the user, and have to be very careful about making assumptions about who the author of the Web site is, and therefore how credible the content is!

   

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