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New Media Literacy Book from UNESCO

We’re very pleased to have contributed to this wonderful and important UNESCO project, a book entitled Media and information literate citizens: think critically, click wisely! Many thanks to Alton Grizzle and all of the colleagues who contributed.

Grizzle, A., Wilson, C., Tuazon, R., Cheung, C. K., Lau, J., Fischer, R., Gordon, D., Akyempong, K., Singh, J., Carr, P. R., Stewart, K., Tayle, S., Suraj, O., Jaakkola, M., Thésée, G. & Gulston, C. (eds.). (2021). Media and information literate citizens: think critically, click wisely!. Paris: UNESCO.


“Can we improve our societies by clicking wisely? Content providers such as libraries, archives, museums, media and digital communications companies can enable inclusive and sustainable development. However, they do not always live up to these ideals, which creates challenges for the users of these services. Content providers of all types open up new opportunities for lifelong learning. But at the same time, they open up challenges such as misinformation and disinformation, hate speech, and infringement of online privacy, among others.

Media and information literacy is a set of competencies that help people to maximize advantages and minimize harms. Media and information literacy covers competencies that enable people to critically and effectively engage with: communications content; the institutions that facilitate this content; and the use of digital technologies. Capacities in these areas are indispensable for all citizens regardless of their ages and backgrounds.

This pioneering curriculum presents a comprehensive competency framework of media and information literacy and offers educators and learners structured pedagogical suggestions. It features various detailed modules covering the range of competencies needed to navigate today’s communications ecosystem. This resource links media and information literacy to emerging issues, such as artificial intelligence, digital citizenship education, education for sustainable development, cultural literacy and the exponential rise in misinformation and disinformation. With effective use of the media and information literacy curriculum, everyone can become media and information literate as well as peer-educators of media and information literacy.”

“Since wars begin in the minds of men and women it is in the minds of men and women that the defences of peace must be constructed”.

“Nearly 60% of the world’s population is using the Internet, yet wide-scale and sustainable media and information literacy training for all is still missing”.

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