Current EU project on online hate speech: SELMA

Hate speech on the Internet is an increasing, societal problem. According to a recent study, nearly 80% of Internet users have ever seen hate speech or hate comments on the Internet, while younger Internet users (14-24 years) even see it as 96% (Source: Landesanstalt für Medien NRW, 2018). To complement existing initiatives to regulate, monitor or report on online hate speech, the EU’s SELMA project (Social and Emotional Learning for Mutual Awareness) takes a pro-active approach: the two-year project aims to tackle online hate speech by promoting mutual understanding, tolerance and respect.

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Theory and practice of new media literacies in the school

How does our way of reading and expressing ourselves in the digital age change? What skills are needed for a critical understanding of digital content? How to prepare future citizens to use the new media alphabets? The textbook, published in July 2018, was edited by Prof. Maria Ranieri and contains contributions from Isabella Bruni, Stefania Carioli, Francesco Fabbro, Andrea Nardi, Liana Peria, Juliana Elisa Raffaghelli, Maria Ranieri and Alessia Rosa

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IAME Summer School 2018

The first Summer of the International Association for Media Education (IAME) took place in the Italian city of Lucca from the 1st to the 3rd of July 2018. On Sunday 1st July the members of IAME gathered in a general assembly in order to discuss a strategy to raise the visibility of media education among relevant stakeholders in Europe, as well as to create further occasions to share and exchange good educational practices within and beyond the members of the association.

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Save the Date – Final Conference of MEET Project

Thursday 15 November 2018

« Decoding the doc : images, education and diversity »

Venue : Cinema Palace, Brussels City Center                             

In the framework of MEET project, a final conference is organized in Brussels about synergies and challenges between documentary production, diversity inclusiveness and media education.

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MEET’s national event in Italy

On 24th and 25th May 2018 the University of Florence hosted the international conference “Media education in the global society. Experiences and transfer of good practices”, an event organised by the Italian team of MEET. The conference focused on Media Education as a means to promote an intercultural and inclusive citizenship at school and in the wider society.

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How to deal with hate on the web? Media education for young people

Public event in Vienna, 4th of June 2018

MEET project participants with the speakers: Benjamin Opratko, Katja Friedrich, Birgit Sauer, Irina Scheitz and Ingrid Brodnig (c) Wiener Bildungsserver

How to deal with online hate speech, cyber bullying and the spread of online fake news? These were the topics of discussion at a public event that took place at the Pädagogische Hochschule Wien (Vienna School of Education) on 4th of June 2018. Organized as part of MEET’s public outreach efforts, the event brought together more than 50 participants: school teachers, social workers, public officials and academics listened to two lectures and engaged in a lively debate. The debate was moderated by Benjamin Opratko, member of the Austrian MEET team.

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Digital civil courage? – Media Education for Fairness, Tolerance and Democracy – Symposium 7 June 2018 Berlin

In recent years, new forms of exclusion, racism, xenophobia, discrimination and intolerance have developed in Europe and around the world. Extremist movements and populist parties have emerged in a number of European countries, which have found fertile ground in economic crises and social insecurity among many citizens. With a strong presence in the online media, this propaganda offensive achieves a high impact, especially among young people. How can and should a democratic society respond to these developments? Do we need a digital moral courage of each individual to protect fairness, tolerance and democracy? What could media supervision look like for the digital world? On June 7, 2018, 80 European experts discussed this topic at the Rhineland-Palatinate State Representation in Berlin at the invitation of the State Representative for Rhineland-Palatinate and the State Office for Media and Communication (LMK) Rhineland-Palatinate.

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Media Education in the Global Society

Thursday, 24th and Friday 25th May at the Department of Educational Sciences and Psychology of the University of Florence was hold the conference Media Education in the global society. Experiences and transfer of good practices. The event aimed to take stock of the role of media education in the training of the 21st century citizen, with particular reference to the challenges of globalization, interculturalism and socio-cultural inclusion. The aim was to evaluate the pedagogical potential of an area of ​​educational research that can provide analytical tools useful for a more critical reading of communication on hot topics such as immigration, cohabitation, post-colonial citizenship.

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Human Rights Online by INACH

INACH, the International Network against Cyber Hate, is a foundation under Dutch law, with a board as governing unit. INACH has its office/secretariat in Amsterdam. INACH has more than 20 members around the world who consist of organizations handling complaints concerning discrimination on Internet who are able to work independently from the network (self-supporting). INACH’s new booklet about online hate is online available. This booklet will enable readers to have a better understanding of INACHs work, vision, mission and goal.

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How to deal with hate on the internet? MEET discussion meeting in Vienna, 4 June 2018

Cyberbullying, fake news, hate speech – these terms have long since become part of everyday school life. Online, rumors and hate messages spread faster than ever, opinions are sold as facts and behind it is an algorithm that is hard to see through. For the schools, online media are another challenge and usually they are left alone. The MEET discussion event analyzes the mechanisms of lies and hate in the net and presents concrete tools and strategies for media education in schools.

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