With news and information available at our fingertips, how can we know whom to trust? Our next panel on October 5, 2020 will examine how Media and Information Literacy can help create a more media-savvy public.
COVID-19 has decidedly changed the lives of many people around the globe from homeschooling to daily communication with friends and family to working from home. Millions of people are now forced to use digital forms of communication — even those who previously were shying away from digitization. Social networks in particular are now at the center of many of our current media ecosystems.
This has brought about new opportunities, but has also introduced people to new threats: Viral misinformation, privacy violations and increased fear of censorship are just a few of the many challenges that people will now have to face. But many people lack the skills and knowledge to protect themselves against these new dangers. One of the solutions to address these issues is Media and Information Literacy (MIL).
MIL: a key skill for the 21st century
MIL is designed to strengthen people's ability to navigate cyberspace, to understand and verify information and to produce their own content while acting on abuses. Media and Information Literacy is a creative process that tackles current societal issues and empowers citizens to critically analyze the media and information they consume.
MIL is fast becoming a crucial skill for people to critically analyze news, reflect on their media habits and to assert their rights as informed citizens. It encompasses a wide range of activities including fact-checking and verification programs, coding schools or setting up digital literacy programs for youths.
But is Media and Information Literacy just a quick fix to address all these issues? Is it enough to approach the challenges in our media landscape today? And what are the responsibilities of governments and organizations when it comes to keeping users safe?
Our panelists will critically discuss the opportunities but also the limitations of MIL and assess how freedom of expression and access to information can best be guaranteed against this backdrop.
Majama is a Media, Information, Communications and Technologies consultant from Zimbabwe. She currently works with the Association of Progressive Communications and has previously been with the Media Institute of Southern Africa. She specializes on varying internet governance trends, including issues around gender.
Manzar is the Co-Founder of the Digital Empowerment Foundation in India, where he leads the mission of eradicating information poverty in India and the global south using digital tools. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Alliance for Affordable Internet, a member of the Media and Information Literacy Expert Network and the co-author of several books.
Tecklenburg is a representative of the Division for Media, Culture, Creative Industries and Sport in Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. For many years, he has worked as a journalist on various TV programs for German broadcasters as well as abroad.
Asumpta Lattus is a Tanzanian-born multimedia journalist and AI columnist. She has been living in Germany for over ten years. In Germany, she has worked as a radio host, video journalist and as a project manager. Prior to that, she founded and oversaw the construction and the management of a national radio network in Tanzania. She currently works as an editor and YouTube Channel Manager at DW. She also writes on Artificial Intelligence for the online magazine "Female One Zero."
Please join us on October 5 from 14:30 (UTC+2) on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dw.gmf where you can put questions to the panelists - or here on dw.com/gmf.