Last week, the Australian Media Literacy Research Symposium was held simultaneously in Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane. Organised by Tanya Notley, Michael Dezuanni and Sora Park, the symposium brought together representatives from civil society, government, the major platforms and research institutions interested in media literacy in Australia.
I spoke on a panel titled “Using media literacy to confront the impact of disinformation on our democracy” with Arial Bogle (The Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s Cyber Center), Deliana Iacoban (All Together Now) and Chris Cooper (Reset Australia). We had a great discussion about the problems of disinformation and what a national media literacy programme might look like in order to respond to those threats. I talked mostly about my work with Wikipedia and how I’ve been thinking not of systems detecting the truth or falsity of claims but rather their stability or instability in the wake of catalytic events. Below is the vide of the panel.