Digital Media Literacy

The importance of digital skills and media literacy (also known as media information literacy – MIL) has already been recognised by many Internet governance and development stakeholders, particularly in relation to education, democracy, access to information, and countering disinformation and misinformation. Stakeholders from across the Internet governance ecosystem recognise the importance of user capabilities (such as digital media literacy skills) as a core competency for the advantageous development of the Internet and enabling meaningful access. Digital media literacy includes topics such as but not limited to:

  • What it means to use digital media in a responsible way;

  • Understanding news cycles;

  • Analyzing the bias held by different media outlets;

  • Evaluating conflicts of interest and funding behind content producers;

  • Recognising misinformation or “deep fakes;” and

  • The ability to identify and evaluate the credibility of information.

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