The "digital structural change of the public sphere" has thrown a few basic principles of public sphere overboard. Whereas journalists used to be the full-time gatekeepers of the information that reaches us via the news, today, from Twitter to YouTube, everyone can create their own media space – or even create and distribute news from it. The new gatekeepers are joined by social media platforms whose algorithms sort the information according to attention-economical factors.
As a result, digital public spheres have become more preconditioned than analog ones. The ability to separate information from disinformation, to fact-check fragments of information that reach us via social media, or to assess the trustworthiness of a source is now left to the users. But this also means that they need completely new skills and abilities in order not to drown in the flood of information.
To ensure that the road to the digital knowledge society succeeds, there is a massive need to catch up in terms of both analog and digital information and news literacy. We help educational institutions, politics, media and civil society to make this leap by creating and implementing knowledge concepts that give citizens the necessary tools to navigate successfully through the information flood.