The ability to access, use, analyse, create, and share information and media is essential for full participation in society. However, not all Australians have this ability, while many Australians do not have access to any media literacy support.
The Civic Media Literacy platform aims to support groups and communities in Australia that have been identified as being more likely to experience digital and media exclusion and/or have a lower level of media literacy.
By bringing together cultural institutions, government agencies, media organisations, civil society organisations, and citizens, this platform seeks to advance the ability of all citizens to use information, media and digital technologies to participate fully in society.
The platform also seeks to investigate problems that emerge because of poor and inappropriate media and technology design, distribution, and regulation, including misinformation, digital exclusion, political polarisation, media bias and racism.
This platform is part of the International Media and Information Literacy Institute and the Australian Media Literacy Alliance. It is led by Associate Professor Tanya Notley and Dr Jasbeer Musthafa Mamalipurath.
The Platform for Civic Media Literacy aims to ensure that media and digital literacy initiatives support citizens to:
- Engage with their democracy and communities
- Benefit from the knowledge economy and consumer choice
- Participate in lifelong learning and cultural expression opportunities
It will achieve this by:
- Carrying out research that will be published and presented in ways that are accessible to civic society organisations and the public
- Co-developing media and digital participation frameworks and guides to translate research into action
- Supporting communities of practice that seek to address inequalities and injustices in media and technology participation