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Content with tag media literacy .

Misinformation and freedom of expression – the case of the Albanian "anti-defamation package"

  • Research
  • 29/06/2020
  • Dr Nertil Bërdufi, Founder and Director of Beder Legal Clinic

On Thursday, 11 June 2020, at the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG 2020), the Insafe network of European Safer Internet Centres (SICs), represented by Sabrina Vorbau, Project Manager at European Schoolnet (EUN) and Youth Coordinator on the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) project and Joachim Kind, Head of EU Networks at the Media Authority of Rhineland-Palatinate (LMK) and spokesperson for the German Safer Internet Centre (SIC), hosted a workshop on "Social media – opportunities, rights and responsibilities", looking at the limitations and pitfalls of freedom of speech on the internet from multiple stakeholder perspectives. In this article, Dr Nertil Bërdufi, Assistant Professor at University College Beder and Founder and Director of Beder Legal Clinic, discusses the case of Albania to highlight the societal and security impact of disinformation, as well as the governments' controversial attempt at regulating it. 

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June 2020 BIK bulletin - Focus on freedom of expression online in the age of disinformation

On Thursday, 11 June 2020, at the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG 2020), the Insafe network of European Safer Internet Centres (SICs) hosted a workshop on "Social media – opportunities, rights and responsibilities", looking at the limitations and pitfalls of freedom of speech on the internet from multiple stakeholder perspectives. Here, we reflect on the topic, with additional contributions from some of the workshop speakers.

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Veilig Online goes European

  • Awareness
  • 24/04/2020
  • Belgian Safer Internet Centre

Safely Online (in Flemish, Veilig Online) is a joint initiative from Gezinsbond and Child Focus. It has several interactive modules and focuses mainly on online safety parenting tips. This project will be extended in Europe in the framework of an Erasmus+ project. 

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European Commission takes measures to fight disinformation around COVID-19

Misinformation on matters of public health is not a new phenomenon, but it has seen a sudden rise since the COVID-19 outbreak began. Disinformation and fake news are rife, with some claiming that the coronavirus is a biological weapon created for various purposes, that zinc kills the virus, or that Big Pharma is exaggerating the importance of the pandemic to boost sales.

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COVID-19 – How to deal with scaremongering and disinformation

  • Awareness
  • 30/03/2020
  • German Safer Internet Centre

Is Ibuprofen a potential risk for COVID-19 patients? Will grocery stores shut down? Will the internet be able to keep on functioning? Rumours linked to the newly discovered coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 are spreading faster than the virus itself. The German Awareness Centre klicksafe offers some useful tips to find your way through the chaos.

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Finland – Media Paths to implement media education in early education

  • Awareness
  • 26/03/2020
  • Finnish Safer Internet Centre

Media education should be provided already for young children, but how do these goals turn into practice? Are we turning kindergartens into schools, if media classes are included already in early education? Don't children spend too much time with screens anyway? Whose responsibility it is to make sure that development is pedagogically relevant and not just extra work? There are still many open questions in early media education. Saara Salomaa, Assistant Director of the Finnish Safer Internet Centre (SIC) discusses media education in early education in Finland below.

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Finnish Safer Internet Day and Media Literacy Week 2020

  • Awareness
  • 23/03/2020
  • Finnish Safer Internet Centre

Finland has been celebrating Safer Internet Day (SID) with a week-long awareness event called Media Literacy Week since 2013. The 2020 event brought together 1,800 organisations, put media literacy in the spotlight for over 80,000 participants through hundreds of kindergartens, schools, libraries, museums, youth centres and media companies. 

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Promoting digital and media literacy skills for Safer Internet Day 2020

Safer Internet Day (SID) is around the corner. On Tuesday, 11 February 2020, we will be millions around the globe, united to inspire positive change online. The campaign's slogan, "Together for a better internet", is a call to action for all stakeholders to join together and play their part in creating a better internet for everyone.

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Introducing the updated Finnish media literacy policy

  • Awareness
  • 30/01/2020
  • Finnish Safer Internet Centre

Lauri Palsa from the National Audiovisual Institute of Finland gives an overview of the revised Finnish national policy for media literacy. 

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Encouraging media production through the Media@ção contest

  • Awareness
  • 09/01/2020
  • Portuguese Safer Internet Centre

Media@ção is an annual contest aiming to promote the critical, responsible and creative use of the media and citizenship instruments, as well as freedom of expression, within the educational community – namely, students and teachers.

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