Fake News – Dissolving Superstitions with Media Literacy – WS 10 2021

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30 June 2021 | 10:30-11:30 CEST | Studio Belgrade
Consolidated programme 2021 overview / Day 2

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Workshop 10 on Media Literacy and Digital Skills discusses the innermost line of defense that people rely on to protect their digital daily life from disinformation and deceit. Critical thinking and practical digital skills go hand in hand, and they need to be nurtured at all stages of life.

Session description

The pandemic period made very visible, that many citizens are not able to receive needed knowledge via the internet, the lack of access to the networks, lack of professional training to develop digital teaching skills make it difficult for children and teachers to deliver lessons from distance. Network access and new digital skills is the most needed subject in the region.

Media literacy and critical thinking are the best tools to avoid misinformation and to implement real effective, preventive methods in a brief period of time. Health is a basic human right and media literacy is very connected to human rights issues. The lockdown process made it clear, that traditional methods of business are not always working, and not everybody has relevant digital skills to develop their educational or business organizations on daily basis per the Internet.

Media literacy and critical thinking are important tools to overcome superstitions spread by fake news. This dark period of pandemics shows many facets of literacy problems, but some of them, especially, conspiracy theories about vaccines, health news and political news about countries need more awareness.

Topics of the Key speakers are about some new methods to solve the abovementioned questions:

  • Tamar Kintsurashvili:
Discover truth yourself!
is a slogan of MDF’s media literacy program which applies the learning by doing approach. The program developed in partnership with the Deutsche Welle Akademie is aimed at strengthening critical thinking, conscious media consumption, and building the resilience of youth against disinformation, misinformation, and fake news. The program is a good combination of theory and practice, which includes intensive weekly training on OSINET and internship at fact-checking platform www.mythdetector.ge. This method allows the program participants to exercise obtained knowledge in practice. The overall goal of the project is to equip young people as amplifiers of information with the necessary skills to differentiate quality media content from fabricated ones. 
  • Tessa Jolls: 
Truth and Consequences
“We see things not as they are, but as we are,” H.M. Tomlinson said. In this session, we will explore the differences between the objective truth and the poetic truth, and how we make meaning from the many media messages we engage with. The questions of what truth is, how we verify it and how we experience it has never been more important, nor are the consequential efforts to suppress the truth and influence other people’s perceptions of truth. Media literacy for building resilient populations is essential!
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  • Maia Simonishvili, National Parliamentary Library of Georgia
  • Sabrina Vorbau, European Schoolnet

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  • Yrjö Länsipuro

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  • Valensiya Dresvyannikova
  • Sabrina Vorbau, European Schoolnet
  • Vlad Ivanets
  • Amali De Silva-Mitchell, Dynamic Coalition on Data Driven Health Technologies / Futurist
  • Oliana Sula
  • Juuso Järviniemi, Student at College of Europe, Federal Committee member of the Young European Federalists (JEF-Europe)
  • Giacomo Mazzone, Eurovisioni
  • Maia Simonishvili, National Parliamentary Library of Georgia

Key Participants

Tessa Jolls’ primary focus is working in partnership to demonstrate how media literacy works through school and community-based implementation programs. She actively contributes to the development of the media literacy field internationally through her speaking, writing, and consulting, with curriculum development and research projects, and through publishing and disseminating new curricular and training materials.
Jolls currently serves as a Fulbright Program Specialist in media literacy education; her term extends until 2022. In 2015, Jolls received the Global Media and Information Literacy Award in recognition of her work in Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue, from the UNESCO-initiated Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL), in cooperation with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC). In 2014, Jolls was honored with the International Media Literacy Award by Gateway Media Literacy Partners; in 2013, she was recognized with the Jesse McCanse Award for Individual Contributions in Media Literacy by the National Telemedia Council.
  • Sofia Rasgado, Development and Innovation Department of the Portuguese Cybersecurity Centre of the Portuguese Cybersecurity Centre
Sofia Rasgado has a degree in Sociology and completed her master’s degree in Public Health in 2010 at the School of Public Health of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. She is currently working in the Development and Innovation Department of the Portuguese Cybersecurity Centre, being responsible for the executive and operational coordination of the Safer Internet Centre, a project co-funded by the European Commission, a role she has performed since 2015. During the last years, she has ensured participation and representation in several national and European committees and working groups, highlighting the European Network of Safer Internet Centres – INSAFE, IGF – Internet Governance Forum, EuroDIG – European Dialogue on Internet Governance, OECD – Expert Group, Evaluation Committee of the No Hate Speech Movement and an expert in the Drafting Group of Specialists on Children in the Digital Environment, which was responsible for the drafting of the proposal for a Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers to the Member States on the guidelines to respect, protect and fulfil the rights of the child in the digital environment, the latter two by the Council of Europe.
  • Yulia Alekseeva, on behalf of DW Akademie
Yulia is an experienced trainer and consultant for DW Akademie and has most recently been working on projects in Moldova and Ukraine.


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