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Technology offers youth new tools – but what such tools can help young people achieve depends on what they already know and larger contexts. (Shutterstock)

Digital platforms alone don’t bridge youth divides

Society needs to spend as much time considering youth options for creating as we we do considering what can happen with digital learning, finds a study in Hamilton, Canada and Glasgow, Scotland.
Facebook announced Jan. 6 it will remove videos edited to mislead in ways that ‘aren’t apparent to an average person,’ and are the product of artificial intelligence or machine learning. Here, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies at a hearing at the U.S. House Financial Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Oct. 23, 2019. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Deepfakes: Informed digital citizens are the best defence against online manipulation

The abilities to detect and analyze deepfake videos is of the utmost urgency. Deepfakes are a serious threat to people's security and our democratic institutions.
Media critic and educator Neil Postman’s 1985 book ‘Amusing Ourselves to Death’ warned of the dangers when all media is entertainment, especially when people lack critical media literacy skills. (Shutterstock)

The urgent need for media literacy in an age of annihilation

Students -- and indeed all of us -- must learn to ask questions about what stories are told, and the implications of what stories are not being told.
School libraries are no longer just places where books are stored. from shutterstock.com

Don’t worry, a school library with fewer books and more technology is good for today’s students

The role of the school library has evolved. Today's school library goes beyond providing books. It must include teaching children digital literacy and how to critically evaluate information online.
Indonesia should start a nationwide movement to combat digital illiteracy, a hidden inequality that persists in much of the country. Reuters/Beawiharta

To fight inequality, Indonesia should learn from China and India in combating digital illiteracy

Indonesia has a lot of catching up to do to provide its people with skills, including digital literacy, to find jobs in a shifting landscape propelled by innovation in digital technology.
Families should be more involved in digital literacy education as parents are the ones who introduce digital media to their children. Shutterstock.com

Researchers find Indonesia needs more digital literacy education

Dozens of voluntary researchers in nine Indonesian cities mapped digital literacy activities and they found the country needs much more to solve their digital media problems.
Which emoji captures how you’re feeling today? from www.shutterstock.com

Why I use emoji in research and teaching

Emoji provide a living language that is representative and inclusive in ways that words can't always be. Just be careful if you use the eggplant or peach emoji.
How can we make sense of information in today’s connected world? Mobile phone image via www.shutterstock.com

How can we learn to reject fake news in the digital world?

Researchers have found that today's students, despite being 'digital natives,' have a hard time distinguishing what is real and what is fake online. Metaliteracy might provide the answers.

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