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2019-09-27 | BOKSLÄPP

Boken 'Understanding Media and Information Literacy (MIL) in the Digital Age: A QUESTION OF DEMOCRACY' släpptes i veckan.

Helena Sandberg deltar tillsammans med Ulrika Sjöberg och Ebba Sundin med kapitlet 'Negotiating and Resisting Digital Media in Young Children’s Everyday Life. An ethnographic study'. Redaktör är hedersprofessor vid Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten och professor emerita från Göteborgs universitet, Ulla Carlsson.

Boken släpptes i samband med den stora UNESCO-konferensen i Göteborg i veckan. 400 delegater från 80 länder fick vars ett ex i gåva. Boken kan laddas eller läsas i fulltext här.

Ur Ulla Carlssons förord:

"Many of the social issues of today have to do with digitization and, not least, the ongoing transformation of the media and communication culture. We are now at a point that may be described as ‘the end of the digital beginning’. Following a period of optimism about the potentialities offered by the internet – especially the hopes that it would increase citizen engagement and participation – problems have surfaced.

Around the world, citizens are struggling to bring about an internet that is open, free and safe – that is, to abolish surveillance, control and censorship. In some instances, politicians and civil society organizations are calling for government measures to help them achieve these goals. In other countries, authoritarian regimes are using the internet and social media to justify repression, including measures to limit freedom of expression. Ideology, the powers of state and private interests combine to silence free speech. Clearly, internet can have quite different impacts on the social order.
From the perspective of the Global North, many of the problems arise out of conflicts between the logic of the market and respect for the equal value of human beings, a core democratic value. Call for new policies to resolve these problems are being heard.

Media and information literacy (MIL) is often emphasized in the face of technological breakthroughs, when policy and law-makers find themselves unable to tackle emerging problems. Therefore, MIL should be understood as part of a whole that includes legislation and reforms in media, education and other fields of relevance – as part of a democracy strategy. That is, a long-term benefit, not a short-term solution. This is a process that involves many different stakeholders in society, and combining extensive collaboration with proactive political leadership is a challenge. It can be said to be the starting point for this publication."

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