SMARTeD survey results presented at a media literacy event

As a part of the European Media Literacy Week a conversation on media literacy took place on 21th March in Trubar literature house in Ljubljana. The event was organized by the Slovene Association of Journalists and Časoris – Slovenia’s newspaper for kids.

Participants from media, government, education, and non-governmental organizations addressed the importance of media literacy in society in which fake news and other forms of disinformation influence election results and encourage hate and intolerance.

During the conversation, Simon Delakorda from the Institute for Electronic Participation presented SMARTeD project survey results. On average, 46 % of the population in Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Greece, Latvia and Slovenia cannot identify disinformation. Anonymous social media accounts and politicians, followed by political parties, are the most likely agents to create and disseminate disinformation. The survey results suggest promoting media and information literacy and encouraging critical thinking about the origin of the information on the internet.

Invited speakers highlighted more focus should be given to educating young people to understand how digital technologies are functioning and how these functionalities are impacting daily lives. The participants also stressed that in the world of information overabundance and in the time in which disinformation and fake news are destroying people’s trust in media and other public institutions, ability of finding and using credible information is of crucial importance.

At the end of the event, the Slovene translation of the online game Bad news (https://getbadnews.si/droggame_book/junior/#intro) was presented by the Časoris editor dr. Sonja Merljak Zdovc.

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