“Rethinking Media and Information Literacy in an AI-Driven World” – the 1st TADAM Seminar

The TADAM consortium held its European cross-perspective seminar on 12th and 13th June 2024, which aims to examine the challenges of media and information literacy in the context of the rapid development of AI and its uses.

The TADAM Consortium

The aim of the seminar was to provide input for the project on a whole range of issues, starting with the skills needed by users and ways of developing them, the dangers but also the opportunities in terms of disseminating information and around the information and journalism professions, while not forgetting to include more cross-cutting reflections on ethics, creativity and issues of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Objectives of the Seminar:

  • Transnational exchange:
    • Discuss challenges and issues (inclusiveness, ethics…) related to algorithms and AI in the media.
    • Explore perspectives on the effects of AI and algorithms on information production and reception.
  • Cross-sector collaboration:
    • Foster dialogue among media professionals, content producers, educators, and researchers.
    • Identify key areas for investigation to develop media literacy strategies. 
  • Participatory methodology:
    • Engage participants in discussions and collaborative activities.
    • Collect recommendations and ideas to prepare the future project regional workshops.

The first day of seminar, Wednesday 12th June, combined expert inputs with interactive sessions.

Pierre Fastrez, Senior Research Associate, F.R.S-FNRS, UCLouvain, gave a first keynote on “Rethinking Media & Information Literacy in a AI-Driven World”.

Then, 4 round tables were organised:

Panel 1: AI Literacy, Explainability & Public Understanding
With Sirkku Kotilainen (Tampere University), Gabriele Biagini (University of
Florence), Sarah Labelle (UPVM 3 Montpellier), Matthew Montebello (University of Malta)
Moderator: Thibault Philippette (UCLouvain)
Panel 2: Social Use & Impact of AI
With Stefano Cuomo (University of Florence), Maria Ranieri (University of
Florence), Matthew Montebello (University of Malta), Daniel Bonvoisin (Media Animation)
Moderator: Sirkku Kotilainen (Tampere University)
Panel 3: Impact of AI on journalism, work and employment
With Maria Leonida (Karpos Center), Tim Dawson (IFJ), Rayya Roumanos (U.
Bordeaux, IJBA), Antonin Descampe (UCLouvain)
Moderator: Pamela Morinière (IFJ)
Panel 4: AI, Political Manipulation & Bias
With Daniel Bonvoisin (Media Animation), Vladimir Delov (ICS Skopje), Rayna
Stamboliyska (RS Strategy), Alain Strowel (UCLouvain)
Moderator: Monika Aksentiecska (ICS Skopje)

At the end of the Day, Manuel Gentile (University of Florence) gave a wrap-up presentation “Perspective from the Seminar”

The second day, Thursday 13th June, was dedicated to anticipate and prepare the strategic plan for the decentralised phase of the project which will involve workshops in each partner country: Belgium, France, Italy, Greece, Finland, Montenegro, Macedonia and elsewhere in Europe. The idea is to be able to collect all the best practices, local resources and innovative ideas that can respond to the challenges posed by the use of AI and algorithms in the information process, including disinformation.

Profile of participants

The Seminar gathered 52 participants in presence on June 12th and 28 participants in presence on June 13th. In addition, around 100 people logged on to the online broadcast of 12th June to follow some or all of the presentations and round tables. The seminar was intended to be international and cross-sectoral. Here is an overview of the nationalities represented on Wednesday 12 June:23 Belgian participants, 9 French, 6 Italian, 4 Greek, 2 German, 2 Finnish, 2 Macedonian, 2 Maltese, 1 Romanian, 1 British.

How to listen to the discussions again

The Seminar was broadcasted online from Youtube and the video is available on https://tadam.education/fi/online-cross-perspective-seminar-on-12th-june-2024-in-belgium/

How to find notes and presentations

Interested to reread the notes from the round tables and keynote presentations? Find the reports by logging on community.tadam.education . This working space will become the central space for sharing resources and discussions throughout the project. Create your account and you’ll be sure to stay at the heart of the TADAM project with us! 

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