Net Literacy and Google teamed up together to support Russia’s digital literacy and online safety initiatives.
Russia, just like the United States, is working to increase digital literacy and online safety in their country. According to a recent survey, Internet penetration increased by 10% in the last year alone and exceeds 50%! Speaking at a digital literacy conference conducted by the Russian Association of Electronic Communications (above), Net Literacy discussed how digital inclusion and online safety education can be impacted by student-empowered programs. Net Literacy also presented at a Safer Internet Day in Russia conducted by the Public Chamber. During these presentations, Net Literacy supported Russian initiatives to increase online safety via education rather than regulation and filtering. Net Literacy also supported industry self-regulation (over government regulation) and discussed how students can become engaged in promoting online safety and digital literacy.
Net Literacy was also a guest lecturer at Moscow State University’s Department of Journalism, talking to and meeting with 200 very Net savvy students and Dr. Elena Vartanova (Dean & Professor, Faculty of Journalism) and Dr. Victor Naumov (Head of Russian IP/IT/Telecom Practice). How social networking literate are the Department of Journalism’s students? Out of approximately 200 students, only one was not using social media – a figure that compares favorably to the United States. Moscow State University students were knowledgeable about current events in the United States, including industry efforts to stop the COPA bill from progressing.
Moscow State University and Net Literacy plan to announce a joint initiative within the next sixty days, which may include the use of Moscow State University’s new “world class” television production facility.
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