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Positioning Media and Information Literacy on the International Development Agenda in the Post-Pandemic World

Tuesday, 26 October 2021 at 2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. (CEST): Positioning Media and Information Literacy on the International Development Agenda in the Post-Pandemic World

This session aims to initiate a dialogue on the development of an international multi-stakeholder framework for private/digital platforms to promote media and information literacy, demonstrating how multi-stakeholder cooperation could be forged with private sector organizations, including digital communication companies, and other stakeholder groups. The dialogue is to be continued during the Internet Governance Forum in December 2021.

The current health crisis has created a state of general isolation and underscored the unprecedented necessity of the digital sphere of information, social networks, and the internet in general. Social and economic implications have arisen giving the growing phenomenon of disinfodemic by either a lack of access to information or media and information literacy competencies to critically evaluate information. There is a ripe opportunity to stimulate multi-stakeholder cooperation for media and information literacy in digital spaces as a means to bolster inclusive internet governance.

Promoting media and information literacy in digital spaces have become urgent. Media and information literacy enables people to self-protect online, thus serves as a viable alternative to censorship of the internet. Media and information literacy also helps users of online platforms to understand importance of the internet to social development and to engage in promoting open, rights-based, accessible and multi-stakeholder governance of the internet. Ensuring media and information literacy for all requires a multi-stakeholder approach. Private sector organizations including digital communications companies, international development organizations, governments and civil society, therefore, play a crucial role in promoting media and information literacy through their policies and programmes.

As of today, the session details are:

Moderator: Ms Sherri Hope Culver, Director, Center for Media and Information Literacy, United States of America

  • Ms Clair Deevy, Director of Public Policy, WhatsApp, Singapore
  • Ms Kristina Arriaga, Trustee, Facebook Oversight Board, United States of America
  • Ms Stephanie Comey, Vice-Chairperson, European Platform of Regulatory Authorities, Ireland
  • Ms Patrice Ettinger, Chair, International Association for Privacy Professionals, and Chief Privacy Officer, Pfizer, United States of America
  • Mr Alexandre Le Voci Sayad, CEO of ZeitGeist, and Co-Chair of the International Steering Committee of the UNESCO Media and Information Literacy Alliance, Brazil
  • Mr José Manuel Perez Tornero, President, Spanish Radio and Television Corporation, Spain
  • Ms Mradulah Singh, Trainer Cyber Safety and Digital Media Skills, Nexschools, India

Details on Global MIL Week may be found here: https://en.unesco.org/commemorations/globalmilweek

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