Who is safe to share your information with? Why is political propaganda spreading? How to evaluate a scientific claim? What does it mean to be digitally literate today? These are some of the questions answered in our guide to digital information literacy.
Digital information literacy is a modern civic skill that underpins participation in democratic decision-making.
Finland is renowned for its high literacy rate, and the teaching of multiliteracy has been integrated into current curricula from early childhood education onwards. However, on digital platforms such as TikTok, YouTube, Instagram and Facebook, children and young people are confronted with a bewildering flood of information which the lessons learned in the school community and at home may not be enough to filter through: claims about products by social influencers, search results tailored by commercial algorithms, cleverly scripted propaganda and promises to track online behaviour or physical movement in urban space hidden behind countless ‘yes’ buttons.
It is therefore important to strengthen the digital literacy of all online users, especially young people, to identify how we are being influenced online.
To this end, the Faktabaari has published the Digital information literacy guide on the 15 September 2022. You can find the full guide in English here. A PDF version of the guide can be downloaded here.
The guide has been written by ten experts who have shared fresh information and clear tips to help anyone interested in updating their knowledge, skills and attitudes to working online.
Who is safe to share your information with? Why is political propaganda spreading? How to evaluate a scientific claim? What about the expertise of an expert? How can data be deleted? What does it mean to be digitally literate today?
These are some of the questions answered in this guide!
The EU has set ambitious targets for at least 80% of the population to master basic digital skills by 2030. These basic digital skills are defined in the new DigComp 2.2 Digital Competences Framework. It contains concrete examples of the knowledge, skills and attitudes related to information and media literacy and the digital skills required for active citizenship. The guide presents this framework to a Finnish audience and most of the articles in the publication are based on this European framework.
The official launch of the guide took place on 15 September at Sitra’s ‘A bright future ahead for democracy?’ event. But this is only the beginning - Faktabaari will continue to promote digital information literacy in its domestic and international networks together with its partners. Over the coming months, the materials in the guide will be adapted into various new materials, and disseminated through various trainings, projects, conferences and events. Fact-checkers from the Faktabaari will also continue to produce and distribute new pedagogical revisions.
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