Our Media LitLab sessions aim to enhance the level of media literacy of young people
Disinformation has today become the number one threat to the integrity of democratic processes. It was displayed by Russia’s meddling in the US during the 2016 presidential elections and on 6th January 2021 with the attack on Congress which highlights the growing erosion of democracy from within.
The Media LitLab aims to broaden and deepen the understanding of both current and future change makers regarding the complexity of how politically motivated disinformation operations work and how harmful they are. The core element of this project is an interactive, half-day simulation game based on real examples of past disinformation events, in which participants gain first-hand experience that helps them better understand why how the spread of disinformation is undermining our democracies and what they can do practically to counter such a threat. Additionally, strengthening digital media and news literacy of citizens is considered one of the most effective non-regulatory measures to strengthen civic resilience to foreign information manipulation.
The project further specializes in enhancing the level of media through a three-step program. The first is an interactive war-game simulation workshop on how to navigate the spread of disinformation, the second is an essay competition based on policy recommendations towards solutioning presented problems, and the third is a roundtable with the former Danish Prime Minister, former Secretary General of NATO and our founder, Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
The overarching objectives of the Media LitLab include:
- Providing a hands-on framework to better understand, analyse, and evaluate the role different actors in society play in spreading disinformation, as well as why and how the spread of disinformation undermines our democracies.
- Challenging change makers to devise new viable solutions to combat the spread of disinformation.
- Bringing future leaders together with todays to discuss and explore new policy recommendations targeting disinformation.
The Media LitLab’s target group, specifically for the simulation workshop, is adaptable, mainly within the realms of decision makers, policy makers, youth and actors in leadership or political circles.