On June 27, the Second European Media and Information Literacy Forum (MIL) started in Riga, Latvia. How can Media and Information Literacy be used in this shifting media landscape to ensure open and secure societies? This is the opening theme of the Forum that will, throughout three days, explore many different angles and approaches of MIL not only in Europe, but also in the world.
One of the biggest challenges of digital revolution is the transformation of citizens from passive users to active and critical users, content creators, wise disseminators, often even critically informed sources for media and information. Citizens (by this we mean metaphors of citizenship or types of citizenship) often find it hard to distinguish between facts, part-facts and rumors, propaganda and public relations, and sometimes outright lies or misinformation that is posted on different Internet platforms, such as social media, blogs, websites.
Participants discussed the significance of media ethics and the role of self-regulatory mechanisms in strengthening trust in media. Different education approaches and experiences were explored, as well as youth perspectives towards MIL. Of special significance – considering the context we all live in – were the topics on positioning MIL as a tool for countering the rise of radicalization and the use of hate speech.
The Second European Media and Information Literacy Forum (EU-MILINFO II) was organized by UNESCO, the European Commission, the Latvian Government and the Sub-Chapter of the Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL), under the theme “Media and Information Literacy in Europe: Citizens’ Critical Competencies for a Rights-Based, Transparent, Open, Secure and Inclusive Information Environment”. It took place from 27 to 29 June 2016 in Riga, Latvia.