CAIRO – 14 August 2018: Every day, we take hundreds of decisions online. By clicking a link, downloading an application, checking a website, we like, share, tweet, and more; one of our decisions could change the world or our lives. But, do we think of our online safety, online opportunities and risks, challenges to build free media and the communication of modern terrorism?
The digital era we live in requires us to be media literate in order to understand how and why the online platforms work, and how we can use it wisely.
Lebanon took an initiative to spread the word of media and digital literacy among Arabs and international media people through an academy that offers a 10-days program that includes workshops, sessions, and panel discussions presented by different professionals from the media field and allows participants to perform practical projects.
participants of the sixth Media and Digital Literacy Academy of Beirut MDLAB 2018 at the Lebanese American University of Beirut/ CC Press photo.
Dr. Paul Mihailidis from Emerson College lectures about Media Literacy: Opportunities and Challenges | CC Press photo
The Institute of Media Research and Training at the Lebanese American University in Beirut is hosting its sixth Media and Digital Literacy Academy of Beirut (MDLAB) between August 7 and August 17, 2018.
MDLAB is a program aiming to expand media and digital literacy education in the Arab world by providing the necessary training, curricular material and resources, and motivating participants to internalize values and learning outcomes, according a press release.
This year, MDLAB is hosting over 70 participants from different = countries including Jordan, Iraq, Palestine, Syria, and Germany.
The academy concludes with a closing ceremony on August featuring a special performance by a rising Arab artist.
The academy’s schedule is rich in topics that could affect our decisions online and how we perceive the digital platforms, says Jad Melki, the chairperson of the Department of Communication Arts at the Lebanese American University, who lectures on Gender Media.
Dr. Sarphan Uzunoglu from the Arctic University in Norway lectures on Social Media: Privacy, Surveillance and Security.
A lecture about Women War Correspondents: Shape-shifting in the Conflict Zone will be conducted by Dr. Lindsay Palmer from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The academy includes a number of panels to discuss Women Confronting Gender Discrimination, Minorities and the Marginalized in Media.
We are having a panel discussion titled "The 2018 Lebanese Elections Non-Mainstream Candidates". This panel discussion is open to the public, find the details in the attached picture. Hope you can make it! #MDLAB2018#MDLABpic.twitter.com/rtT7KrN1gL
The academy also includes a number of workshops aiming to develop participants’ skills in data visualization, video editing, image shooting and editing, video production, technical orientation and advanced wordpress, audio editing and podcasting.