Monday, November 04, 2019

Information Literacy as part of deterrence against "emerging forms of warfare"

This morning I was excited to hear information literacy mentioned as a way of combating disinformation: nothing new to readers of this blog, but it was on a discussion on the BBC Radio 4 news programme Today, and mentioned by a non-library person. It was Elisabeth Braw, director of RUSI's (Royal United Services Institute), Modern Deterrence Project, who felt that we all have a responsibility to check before we share information. She identified that the country that "is most resilient with disinformation is Finland where disinformation ... information literacy is taught in schools." and she went on to say how important it was to teach information literacy in the curriculum.
I have been discussing disinformation with students here in the information school and we have noted how this has become a broader political issue, but it is interesting to see information literacy and social resilience placed firmly within the scope of a project looking at ways of deterring against "emerging forms of warfare", noting that "Together with the armed forces’ capabilities, such societal resilience can function as a crucial deterrent."
The recording of the radio programme is here (right at the end of the 3 hour broadcast, at about 2 hrs 55 minutes- someone from the Oxford Internet Institute was also part of the segment) and the Modern Deterrence Project is here
Photo by sheila Webber: plane over Greenwich Observatory, October 2019

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