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Understanding Media and Information Literacy (MIL) in the Digital Age

Many of the societal issues of today have to do with digitization and, not least, the ongoing transformation of the media and communication culture. We are now at a point that may be described as ‘the end of the digital beginning’. Following a period of optimism - especially the hopes that it would increase citizen engagement and participation - problems have surfaced. This is the starting point for the book Understanding Media and Information Literacy (MIL) in the Digital Age. A question of Democracy.

The publication consists of three parts. In the first part, a number of articles of a more general nature discuss media and information literacy (MIL) in a variety of contexts as well as courses of development on national, regional and global levels. The focus in the second part is on Sweden. The articles in this part present current research findings, policy decisions and political initiatives, and some examples of ‘best practices’ in the MIL area. The third part presents a new approach to MIL in a context of social change and Agenda 2030.

Edited by Ulla Carlsson

Professor and UNESCO Chair on Freedom of Expression, Media Development and Global Policy, Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMG), University of Gothenburg.

Published 2019 by the UNESCO Chair on Freedom of Expression, Media Development and Global Policy at University of Gothenburg in collaboration with Region Västra Götaland and the Swedish National Commission for UNESCO.

Publisher:
Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMG), University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Number 79 in JMG's series of books.

Printed in 2019.

This book is a collaboration between University of Gothenburg,
Region Västra Götaland and the Swedish National Commission for UNESCO.