Adopted on 26th April 2018 by the European Commission, the Communication "Tackling online disinformation: a European approach" sets out the views and actions of the European Commission towards the challenges associated with disinformation online. It defines Media Literacy as a key objective, guiding actions to tackle disinformation: "to promote diversity of information, in order to enable citizens to make informed decisions based on critical thinking, through support to high quality journalism, media literacy, and the rebalancing of the relation between information creators and distributors."
More concretely, the Communication aims to improve media literacy of online users, by organising a European Week of Media Literacy that will highlight the importance of digital and media literacy skills and ensure that interaction with media and on social networks are positive and enriching. The Commission will also encourage fact-checkers and civil society organisations to provide educational material to schools and educators.
During the meeting, participants brainstormed on the organisation of the European Week of Media Literacy at national and European levels.
The meeting also allowed for the presentation of the mandate of the group, highlighting the need for an update in terms of its structure.
Currently, the Media Literacy Expert Group (MLEG), represents 22 Member-States and Organisation from Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, France, Croatia, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland, Sweden and United Kingdom.
The previous meetings of the Media Literacy Expert Group took place on 15 November 2016. The next meeting is foreseen to take place on the 20th November 2018.
- Paolo Cesarini – DG CONNECT- The Communication: tackling online disinformation: the European Approach
- Anni Hellman – Deputy Head of Unit Media Convergence and Social Media, DG CNECT European Commission - The Communication: focus on its media literacy actions
- Anusca Ferrari – Policy Assistant, Innovation and EIT DG EAC European Commission - Education and media literacy
- Gudrun Stock – Deputy Head of Unit G3 DG CNECT European Commission - SaferInternet4EU
- Alexander Riedl - Digital Economy and Skills Unit, DG CNECT - Skills, jobs and media literacy
- Roxanne Bamford - Public Policy Analyst - Google, Europe Middle East and Africa – media literacy initiatives
- Ruurd Osterwoud – Drog – Education and media literacy: Bad News - A media literacy game that effectively builds up resilience against disinformation
- Mimi van Dun - Programme Manager, Communicatie - Mediawijzer.net - Platform voor mediawijsheid professionals – Media Literacy week in the Netherlands
- Saara Salomma - Senior Adviser - National Audiovisual Institute Finland Media Literacy week in Finland – Media Literacy week in Finland
- Anni Hellman – Deputy Head of Unit Media Convergence and Social Media, DG CNECT European Commission – Update on MLEG Mandate and memberships
Relevant information on Media Literacy can also be found here.