Google commits $ 1.5 million to expand media literacy in Southeast Asia
Google, through its philanthropic arm Google.org, will contribute $ 1.5 million to the ASEAN Foundation to expand media literacy in the 10 countries that make up the Association of South Asian Nations. Southeast, the company announced at the ASEAN Digital Literacy Forum.
“Often people in Southeast Asia lack the skills to interpret the information they come across online – and efforts to change this have always been fragmented and under-resourced. As we mark the 10th anniversary of UNESCO’s first Global Media and Information Literacy Week, we want to ensure that more Southeast Asians, especially first-time users , can browse the Internet with confidence, ”wrote Stephanie Davis, vice president for Southeast Asia, in a blog post.
In addition to the $ 1.5 million grant, Google employees plan to donate their time and technical expertise to the ASEAN Foundation and its grantees. The contribution aims to equip more than 1,000 trainers with new skills and materials so that they can train more than 100,000 people – from young people to older Internet users – over the next two years.
As part of the ASEAN Digital Literacy Forum, Google and the ASEAN Foundation have also released a comic to illustrate how disinformation can spread and what needs to be done to prevent it.
“Whether it’s updating Google and YouTube’s product policies, improving the work of fact-checkers, or supporting organizations like the ASEAN Foundation, we’ll continue to do all we can to help do advancing media education in Southeast Asia and beyond, ”the message adds. .