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.

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