Media Literacy Week - Day 5

For our last show celebrating Media Literacy Week on November 10th, We shared an interview with President of the Ontario College of Management and Technology, and Chair of the International Cyber Security and Intelligence Conference, Yomi Olalere. Mr. Olalere shared with us some best practices when it comes to protecting oneself online, including two factor authentication that Professor Deibert mentioned in our Thursday show, and trying as much as possible to only utilized website that have a security feature, what he calls “HTTPS” as opposed to “HTTP”, as it guarantees that the website has security features meant to protect their visitors.

In continuing his advice on how to protect oneself online, Mr. Olalere tells us to stay guarded, not to interact with people we don’t know online, and to make sure to privatize our accounts and only share with those we actually know. He mentions that the significance of having a cyber security and intelligence conference comes down to the fact that we are now in a highly digital world, which is inevitable. We can’t necessarily get away from such a new social climate, but it comes with its challenges. The better informed we are, the better we become as digital citizens, and the better we can have Inclusion in a Connected World.

We would like to thank Mr. Olalere for coming and sharing his advice and experience on how to protect oneself online for youth as they learn to be better informed digital experts.

For our second half, we welcomed three female journalists, Lotoya Davids, Fareah Islam, and Anita Li. We discussed how the digital world has changed, and renegotiated the terms of what it means to be a journalist, sometimes creating new roles and responsibilities, and also creating many challenges, as with less control of content, there is more information overload online, creating fake news, and a general distrust of journalists. How do journalists reclaim a sense of legitimacy and trust for their profession?

Coming from varied backgrounds including virtual reality storytelling, documentary writing, and daily news television, these women talk about journalism from their diverse fields of interest and expertise. Journalism has surely changed, especially with the introduction of data facilitating more storytelling for investigative journalists, and the development of artificial intelligence and virtual reality has created new platforms of storytelling for journalists. One of the most exciting frontiers for journalism now seems to be virtual reality, as it changes storytelling from simply telling the facts, and actually showing people how it feels to be in a certain situation. This then generates understanding not through factual evidence, but emotional evidence, which is why virtual reality has been dubbed “the empathy machine” for journalism. Many well established news outlets have dabbled in this new form of storytelling, such as The New York Times.

We would like to thank these three journalists, Lotoya Davids, Fareah Islam, and Anita Li for joining us in studio to talk about how journalism has changed with the development of technology, but how it has also invariably created Inclusion in our newly Connected World.

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