This Wednesday afternoon the results from a DECIDIS project “The media competent citizen and media literacy in a Danish Context” were presented to a full auditorium at the IT University of Copenhagen.

If you were not attending the conference or would like to watch it again you can access the recording of the live stream here (mostly in danish).

Watch among other things:

Gitte Bang Stald present the initial findings of the media literacy research in a Danish context conducted by her, Morten Hjelholt and Laura Høvsgaard Nielsen

A keynote about Research and assessment on media literacy in the UK by Alison Preston, leader of Ofcom’s Media Literacy Research.

A panel debate between:
Anne Mette Thorhauge, Chairman, Medierådet for Børn og Unge
Gitte Rabøl, Media Director, DR
Trine Nielsen, Director of business development, Berlingske Media
Bjarne Hastrup, Chairman, Ældresagen
Kasper Koed, IT didactic consultant, Center for Undervisningsmidler, UCC
Gitte Bang Stald, Associate Professor, IT University of Copenhagen


Conference on media compentences and media literacy

The results from a DECIDIS project, Den mediekompetente borger og media literacy i en dansk kontekst (The media competent citizen and media literacy in a Danish Context) will be presented at a conference at the IT University on March 11, 2015 from 1pm to 4.30 pm. More information can be found here.

The conference and the report on the findings will be in Danish but a resume will be posted here after the conference. The results and the methodological and theoretical questions will also be presented at conferences and in academic articles. In the meantime you can find more information about the project here.

Update March 11, 2015:
Watch the conference live here.

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This morning we had a very nice and well attended launch of the DECIDIS initiative. The provost of the IT University, Jørgen Staunstrup, gave an opening speech (see picture), head of initiative Gitte Stald explained why we need DECIDIS at this point in time, and researchers from the group gave short talks on their research.

JST opening Dec16

In the picture below, you see Assistant Professor Luca Rossi introducing his first findings from a study of the #DKPOL hashtag on Twitter. If you want to know more about future events, research projects and findings, do sign up for our newsletter.

Luca speaking Dec16


Today, Tuesday December 16th 2014, we officially launch DECIDIS! We have invited both colleagues and stakeholders to a meeting where we will tell more about the initiative and present highlights from our current research. See more on the activities page!
We plan this event to be the first in a series of events which reach out to a larger public in order to create networks across and outside academia. This is also the meeting where we present our new roll-up which will now function as a visible sign of our presence at the IT University.


DECIDIS-members at ECREA

This week, some members of the DECIDIS group will attend the 2014 ECREA conference (European Communication Research and Education Association).

And what are they doing there?

Associate Professor at ITU Gitte Stald will present her research on Young Danes’ willingness to vote on their mobile phones. Through surveys during the last ten years, Gitte Stald presents how young Danes are equally positive but also sceptic towards the concept of voting from a smart phone. Surprisingly, this attitude has only changed very little towards the positive the last ten years. Gitte Stald will elaborate on this Thursday 5.30 – 7 pm at the ECREA Conference in Lisboa.

Assistant Professor Luca Rossi will also present his paper, which looks at the digital media use during the 2013 Italian general election.  Here, he looks at how political actors have utilised new media like Facebook and Twitter (in different ways and with different results), but also how users of these media orient themselves in the debate. Luca Rossi will be on this Friday 2.30-4 pm at the ECREA conference in Lisboa.

It will be exciting to follow our DECIDIS representatives and what they will learn about the impact of the digital on politics, voting and democracy in the next few days.

You might want to follow them on Twitter?
Gitte stald @gstald and Luca Rossi @LR

DECIDIS – A Strategic Initiative at ITU

The relevant work and initiative of DECIDIS has now been accepted as a strategic initiative at the IT-University of Copenhagen!

With this acknoweledgement of DECIDIS comes the necessary focus and funding opportunities so that DECIDIS can become a strategic area and possibly result in projects under Horizon 2020.

Much work has been put into DECIDIS even before it has been granted the status of a strategic initiative. Application for Marie Curie post doc.,  applications for additional funding, work on DECIDIS-related research projects and submission of papers for conferences are just some of the activities undertaken in DECIDIS-regi. Furthermore, students at ITU will have a DECIDIS-related elective course as an option in spring 2015.

We keep you updated here on our activities. Also, feel free to follow us on twitter @DEC1D1S where we update on the work – both here at ITU and at conferences around the globe.

What kind of picture gets more than 6 million likes on Facebook?

If someone told me that a picture on Facebook had gotte more than 6 million likes – from more than 20 countries and from 5 continents – I might wonder what that picture showed. Great political scandals, war zone revelations, great nature catastrophes. But that’s not the case.

Lisbeth Klastrup, researcher at ITU, is participating in the 15th conference by the Association of Internet Researchers ( Her contribution is the presentation on Heartwarming Moments, which includes research on popular memes from Facebook. And the above-mentioned picture? That’s part of her sample.

The picture (or really, it’s two pictures) show the wedding picture of a young couple and then next to it, a picture of the same couple after 80 years of marriage. You can see the picture here.

The interesting part of this is what we can make of this? These kinds of memes, Lisbeth Klastrup has named these kinds of viral elements discrete mundane memes. And these memes might seem banal at first, but then what is it that makes millions of people like them, and hundreds of thousands to comment on them and share them? These are some of the questions that Lisbeth Klastrup asks in Heartwarming Moment at the conference.

And if you are up for a darker side of internet research, researcher at ITU Stine Gotved will also participate in the conference with her research on the digital aspect of Death – read more about it here.


Internet debate and freedom of speech

Although this was discussed last summer, the dynamics of comments, debates and moderation of online media remains very relevant. Anders Sundnes Løvlie wrote and article for the online NRK (Norsk rikskringkasting) where he explained how moderation on online media increased dramatically after the terror attack in Norway, 22nd of July 2011. The fact that the terrorist behind the attacks had been very active online lead to debates regarding the role of the media in the terror attack.

The interesting consequence of the increased moderation, however, is really interesting. Through a questionaire, Anders Sundnes Løvlie found that many have had their comments or articles removed by moderators, without being aware of the reason why.

This is interesting from a democratic point of view, when the freedom of speech in certain media is suddenly compromised to serve the greater good – that is, limiting the reach of dangerous individuals or groups in the online debate. This problematises democracy in a digital society, and is an ongoing and relevant discussion amongst DECIDIS-members.

To read Anders’ article (in Norwegian), please visit:

And to hear him discuss the same in Kulturnytt (Radio), please visit:

The media competent citizen

Which aspects are relevant when measuring media literacy? How do we do it?

These are some of the questions posed in a new collaborative project between ITU Associate Professor Gitte Stald and Assistant Professor Morten Hjelholt from the C²-Group and the Danish Agency for Culture (Kulturstyrelsen).

The project will be based on existing research, knowledge and data and will strive to give a broad understanding of the competencies required to navigate in the modern media landscape. These competencies are essential in order to participate culturally and socially in society. This ambitious project seeks to cover a representative part of the population, and wil amongst other, conduct interviews in five different places in Denmark, chosen on the basis of life situation, societal status and cultural background.

The project will investigate and define terms as competent, competencies and media literacy.

Stay tuned for more information.

On Danish: