About the Commission

You have now landed at the website of the Commission for Media and Information Literacy and Democratic Dialogue. Together with other initiatives in this field, the Commission is charged with leading a national effort on media and information literacy during 2019 and 2020.

In August 2018 the Government appointed the Commission for a national effort on media and information literacy and democratic dialogue. The mission is to – until October 2020 – collaborate with existing initiatives in the field of media and information literacy with a view to increase the level of activity in the field, including by spreading good examples and methods to all citizens and by inspiring new players in society to join the work of strengthening citizens’ resilience in the face of disinformation, propaganda and hate speech.

Our work is very much a question of how we in Sweden can maintain a well-functioning, open and inclusive democratic conversation where all citizens feel safe enough to contribute. The mission is given to Special Counsel Carl Heath, who is supported by a secretariat at the Government Offices headed by Henrik Selin. The work of the Commission is combined with several initiatives in society where additional financial resources have been made available. Many of these activities are carried out by civil society actors, but also by public bodies such as the National Library in cooperation with libraries nationwide.

In parallel, the Government has given an assignment to the Media Council – a Government agency promoting media and information literacy in Sweden – to establish a network for strengthened collaboration and dialogue between the main actors in the field of media and information literacy on national, regional and local level, with the Council as an active resource. In total, these measures sum up to what can be labelled “a concentrated national effort on media and information literacy” in Sweden during 2019 and 2020.

The Government specifically highlights the importance of promoting competences called “media and information literacy”, which means competences and abilities which are needed to find, analyze, critically evaluate and create content and information in various media and channels. These competences are relevant to all citizens regardless of age.

The Commission has been given a wide mandate, but will focus its activities on the following main tasks:

1. Mapping

a) the current state of knowledge and b) on-going activities aimed at empowering and strengthening citizens’ resilience against online challenges.

2. Outreach activities

Outreach activities complementing on-going initiatives and spreading good methods and examples in society.

3. Analysis and recommendations

Needs analysis and recommendations to Government for future developments in reaching out to all citizens.