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Dr. Henry Jenkins and Dr. Sangita Shresthova explored specific promises and challenges through a case study of American Muslim youth networks that confront the often harsh political climate of Post-9/11 America: moderate Muslim voices have struggled to find a means of entering an increasingly polarized discussion around Islamaphobic and extremist perspectives.
Dr. Jad Melki opened the Media and Digital Literacy Academy of Beirut (MDLAB) 2016 with a lecture about media literacy and the missions and goals of MDLAB.
How is the internet governed and regulated by governments, private sectors, and civil society and how this shapes the evolution and use of the Internet?
How is ISIS communicating with the world ? What tools is it using to spread its ideology? and what are the ways in which the media perpetuates and reinforces ISIS' messages? Dr. Jad Melki discussed all that [...]
"Governments are tracking you no matter what you do!" During MDLAB 2015, Dr. Moses Shumow covered the definition of privacy and showed the difference between the concept of privacy before and after
Building on Social media, surveillance, and privacy and Cyberactivism and and E-Mobility Dr. Paul Mihailidis addressed the influence of the media
Why is ISIS an important phenomena? Why is the west interested in ISIS? What is the relationship between extremism, sectarianism, and terrorism and media?
Dr. Reese discussed how terrorist groups do not mind that the media covers their news and that sometimes they purposely carry out big operations in order to attract the media.
Dr. Susan Moeller opened her lecture by stating that "We are now living in an era of images". Dr. Susan Moeller walked through Haiti 2010 earthquake, the Malaysian 2014 airplane bombing,
How do we measure and assess beauty? Why do beauty standards differ from one society to another? Sarah Mallat answered the proposed questions based on two major social theories.
MDLAB works on the expansion of media and digital literacy education in the Arab world by providing the needed training, curricular material and resources, and motivating faculty to transfer what they learned to their institutions. So far, MDLAB has succeeded in introducing media and digital literacy to 30 Arab universities and a handful of schools in 12 Arab countries. The academy works on developing MDL curriculum that includes modules and training manuals including course plans, multimedia, and case studies.