Media Literacy

Media Literacy Update: What’s Changed and Why?

By Yin-Han Wang and Sonia Livingstone

On 23 April Ofcom published its 2013 Adults’ Media Use and Attitudes Report. The report reveals some – but only some – grounds for optimism in media literacy compared with our recent assessment based on Ofcom surveys from 2005 to 2011. And it raises some pressing questions about how media literacy can be further […]

April 29th, 2013|Media Literacy|0 Comments|

A Better Internet for UK Children?

On 2nd May 2012, the European Commission established the first European Strategy for a Better Internet for Children, in a Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions. One year on, the Department of Media, Culture and Sport has written to members of the UK […]

Consumer policy in telecoms: how far can market transparency take us?

The increasing convergence of services, devices and content leads to a more complex digital market that affects both consumers and telecom providers. In this post, Claire Milne focuses on ideas about consumers and market transparency in the current telecom sector. Based on recent consumer reports and consultations, the author suggests that the increasing complexity in the telecoms market has led to […]

National Curriculum Needs more Attention to Digital Skills

A consultation is currently underway on England’s National Curriculum and LSE’s Sonia Livingstone has looked at the proposed framework and found it severely lacks appropriate coverage of digital skills. She argues that it also mistakenly continues to treat them solely as technological, disregarding important social aspects of online communication.

The consultation framework document for England’s National Curriculum admirable includes among […]

Ofcom’s plans to promote ‘participation’, but whose and in what?

The consultation on Ofcom’s Draft Annual Plan 2013/14 ended on Friday 22 February. LSE’s Sonia Livingstone and Peter Lunt of the University of Leicester point out that despite a stated focus on “participation” and the “citizen interest” the plan needs much more clarity and specifics on these two priorities.

Ofcom’s draft Annual Plan 2013/14 contains a welcome emphasis on […]

UNESCO Renews Its ‘Knowledge Societies’ Vision – LSE’s Professor Mansell

This week, UNESCO is hosting its WSIS+10 Review Meeting: Towards Knowledge Societies for Peace and Sustainable Development. LSE’s Robin Mansell, Professor of New Media and the Internet, has been invited to present her report, co-authored with Professor Gaëtan Tremblay, UQAM, entitled Renewing the Knowledge Societies Vision: Towards Knowledge Societies for Peace and Sustainable Development. In an interview with the […]

February 26th, 2013|Media Literacy|0 Comments|

Calling all Nader raiders: The future of digital consumer advocacy

Amidst significant progress made by consumer advocacy groups in promoting citizen interest, Consumer Focus’ Saskia Walzel presents several opportunities for deeper stakeholder involvement in media policymaking.

The so called “consumer landscape” is changing fast; Consumer Direct is now the Citizens Advice consumer service, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is to be merged with the Competition Commission, and Trading Standards […]

Should children’s internet use be filtered? Multi-stakeholder prudishness impedes open deliberation

Around one in three European parents say that they use filtering tools for their child’s computer; one in three is worried about what or who their child may encounter on the internet. But these are not necessarily the same people – parents are more like to use filters if they are themselves regular or confident users; this suggests that […]

Committee, Government Diverging on Convergence?

The House of Lords Select Committee on Communications begins taking oral evidence next Tuesday in its Inquiry on Media Convergence and its Public Policy Impact. It is a broad inquiry, attempting to take in some of the high level issues that the Communications Review and the Leveson Inquiry are unwilling, or unable, to cover. It proposes to cover very […]

Sexting: The Risks of Everyday Sexualised Communication among Children

Jessica Ringrose of the Institute of Educationof the University of London announces new findings indicating it is time to stop focusing just on the dangers of sexually explicit images and unknown predators and look at how young people are engaging in ‘sexting’ among their peers.

What is ‘sexting’? In the law and from the perspective of much mainstream media sexting […]