Media Literacy

Dealing with the disinformation dilemma: a new agenda for news media

There are no easy solutions to ‘fake news’ or misinformation. They are symptoms of systemic problems. Journalists should challenge them with humility, writes Charlie Beckett (LSE): by looking at how they work, becoming more open about how they source and produce stories, and more emotionally literate about how people feel about and socialise the information they consume.

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The state of global youth, digitally speaking: Unicef’s new report

There could be no better gift for those involved in youth online safety worldwide than Unicef’s just-released State of the World’s Children…in a Digital World, writes Anne Collier.

Unicef’s report brings together the latest research, stories and commentaries from multiple international perspectives, including – to its credit – those of young people in 26 countries. In addition to their views and […]

Critical digital literacy: ten key readings for our distrustful media age

Misinformation and distrust are the characteristic of our time. They make the question of how to approach and promote critical digital literacy particularly important. Gianfranco Polizzi suggests ten texts that offer a framework for thinking about how to do it.

Since the 2016 US election and Brexit, debate around so-called ‘fake news’ has sharpened concerns that the internet and social media are […]

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    Risks to children online are increasingly problematic. Is the new internet Safety Strategy the solution?

Risks to children online are increasingly problematic. Is the new internet Safety Strategy the solution?

Earlier this month, UK Culture Secretary Karen Bradley outlined proposals intended to make Britain ‘the safest place in the world to be online,’ addressing ‘dangers like cyber-bullying, trolling and under-age access to porn.’ LSE Professor Sonia Livingstone, who was commissioned by DCMS in February to provide up to date evidence of how young people are using the internet and the […]

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    The evolving conversation around fake news and potential solutions

The evolving conversation around fake news and potential solutions

Fake news, its causes and what to do about are some of the key issues that we plan to address as part of the LSE Commission on Truth, Trust and Technology that we will launch later this year. The Commission will examine the wider crisis in the quality and credibility of information in the digital age. Fake news isn’t new, […]

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    Digital media challenge children’s rights around the world: The case for a General Comment on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Digital media challenge children’s rights around the world: The case for a General Comment on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Around the globe, in the global North as well as the global South, digital media are there to stay with significant implications for child rights and children’s wellbeing online. Following the launch of their report to the Children’s Commissioner for England, in this post Amanda Third, Sonia Livingstone and Gerison Lansdown are advocating for a General Comment on children’s […]

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    Tackling fake news: towards a new approach to digital literacy

Tackling fake news: towards a new approach to digital literacy

Since November’s US presidential election, the issue of fake news stories spreading on social media has been in the spotlight, and there are currently efforts underway to limit the effects of fake news stories on the upcoming general election in the UK. Gianfranco Polizzi, a PhD researcher here at the LSE, explains what critical digital literacy means and […]

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    Children’s rights and the GDPR – are the new consultations creating light or further confusion?

Children’s rights and the GDPR – are the new consultations creating light or further confusion?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is due to become law throughout the EU on 25 May 2018. Recent consultations from the UK’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) have sought views on, among other aspects, the implications for children and their data. LSE Professor Sonia Livingstone explains some of the issues […]

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    Jimmy Wales is betting crowd-sourced news can restore our trust in the media — he might be right

Jimmy Wales is betting crowd-sourced news can restore our trust in the media — he might be right

At a time when the media is going through a crisis of trust, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales announced the the launch of a new newsgathering initiative called Wikitribune. Jane B. Singer, Professor of Journalism Innovation at City, University of London argues that the collaborative openness pioneered by Wikipedia could indeed work well for news. For an alternative view on the […]

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    Media and information literacy – the rich, contested alliance

Media and information literacy – the rich, contested alliance

Julian McDougall, Professor in Media and Education at Bournemouth University, reports for the Media Policy Project on recent developments in the field of media and information literacy which was discussed recently in Riga at the second European Media and Information Literacy Forum. 

In 2014, I reported from Paris for this blog on the inaugural forum of the Global Alliance for […]