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CILIP and CILIP Information Literacy Group response to DCMS Online Harms White Paper

04 June 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gemma Wood
CILIP and CILIP Information Literacy Group response to DCMS Online Harms White Paper


CILIP and the CILIP Information Literacy Group (ILG) have submitted a joint response to the consultation on a new Online Harms White Paper by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

The White Paper aims to develop a joined-up response across Government to the rise of harmful material and activity online. It sets out a broad range of proposals, covering regulatory reform, technical protections and better ways to empower users to use the Internet safely.

CILIP and the ILG believe that the best way to empower users is to ensure that information professionals can support them in developing their media and information literacy. Whether at home, at school or college or in the workplace, we believe that education in media and information literacy is the most scalable approach to combatting fake news, disinformation and harmful activity online. Our response states:

Information literacy is defined as “the ability to think critically and make balanced judgements about any information we find and use. It empowers us as citizens to reach and express informed views and to engage fully with society.” Information literacy is closely related to a range of other literacies, including digital, media and news literacy, ensuring not only that people can use devices to access information, but that they can be discerning in their approach to information; that they understand where information comes from; and that they use, share and create that information safely and responsibly.


Read the new CILIP/ILG Definition of Information Literacy on the ILG website.


CILIP is encouraging partner organisations and members of our community to submit your own responses (submission is via online form, and comments need only focus on the last 3 questions) endorsing this view of the importance of media and information literacy. To submit your own response, please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/online-harms-white-paper and submit online. Comments must be submitted not later than 11.59 on the 1st July 2019.


Download the full CILIP and CILIP ILG Response to the DCMS Online Harms White Paper


Published: 28 May 2019


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