Media and information literacy – why is it important?

by Jan Gulliksen on April 11, 2013

Today I am participating in a session on “Media and information literacy – why is it important?” at the ministry of Education arranged by among others the Swedish National UNESCO Council, including Lena Adelsohn-Liljeroth, the minister of culture as one of the speakers. The background is a debate about how the change character of  media culture change through the use of modern information technology. New ways to search for knowledge, entertainment and social interaction brings both opportunities and risks, especially for young media users. There is a need for  more discussion of the importance of media and information literacy to increase our awareness of how the media works, give us the tools to interpret and evaluate the information they provide and stimulate their own creative expression.

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Zennström likes HCI

by Jan Gulliksen on April 10, 2013

Today I met with Niklas Zennström to discuss IT, entrepreneurship and Sweden’s climate to allow for innovation and growth. Of course, we came to talk quite a lot about the role of our universities in the context. Niklas confessed that when when he was a student, the university didn’t do anything in particular to encourage and supporte him in his entrepreneurship. It wasn’t before he came to Kinnevik that he learned what he needed in order to develop his innovative ideas and put them into thriving businesses. He said, however, that universities really have developed in this area since then and that it is now much better.

In the IT field, he said, entrepreneurship is largely based on product development and not so much on research as it does, for example, in the life science field. Therefore, the terms and conditions of entrepreneurship in IT is completely different, and this is something we should take with us when we are thinking about IT, innovation and entrepreneurship at our universities.

Finally, he said, probably unaware of the field that I come from, that “the interaction between people and technology, behavioral sciences, design and other interdisciplinary initiatives is probably where the IT industry, most will grow and prosper in the future” – it warmed ☺

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I write in Dagens Nyheter about sexism in the IT sector

March 8, 2013 News

March 8 is the International Womans Day, and therefore an extra suitable day to highlight a major problem in the Swedish IT sector – the lack of women. This is the topic of my op-ed article in Dagens Nyheter today. We like to think that Sweden is a relatively equal society, but that is really [...]

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The future is always hard to predict

January 31, 2013 Analysis

Today I was invited to speak at “E-legitimationsdagen 2013” on the topic “The eSociety 2020 – what role does eIdentification play”. And I hope the organizers did not regret that they invited me? 2020 is 7 years from now and to be able to understand what our society could look like then we should maybe [...]

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Digitization of universities should not be neglected

January 31, 2013 Opinions

“We have had the same business model for 500 years and it has worked well, it will not have to change for the coming 500 years”. That was the comment expressed by the vice chancellor Eva Åkesson from Uppsala university when I spoke on the subject “The future Digital Academic Room” at SUHF’s conference with [...]

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Sweden aim to be a leader in digitization

January 30, 2013 News

The first meeting of the signiatories of the digital agenda gathered around 100 people. IT and Energy minister Anna-Karin Hatt opened this meeting and showed, with her usual enthusiasm the importance of everybody’s contribution towards the goal that Sweden should become “the best country in the world when it comes to Digitization”. Really important discussions [...]

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