EU Digital Media Policies and Education: The Challenge of a Digital Agenda for Europe

  • Cristina CostaEmail author
  • Mark Murphy


Media and communication practices are of core importance to the intent of a European knowledge society that thrives to be competitive and aims to be inclusive. Media and communication policies at the European level date back from the 1970s with the introduction of legislation for radio and television broadcast between member states. Since then and on par with the latest technological innovations, the EU has made an effort to keep up with the latest Internet developments, especially those regarding the emergence of the web and associated digital practices with the goal of establishing a digital Europe.

In this chapter, the authors analyse the latest EU digital media and communication policies at the supranational level and explore their impact at the level of member states. Specifically we examine the education/communication policy interface in relation to formal digital education initiatives in member states such as Ireland, the UK, and Portugal. Particular attention is paid to the kinds of challenges faced by European countries that aim to reinvent themselves as digital economies while simultaneously attempting to maintain sovereignty over their own national educational agendas.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Education and ChildhoodUniversity of the West of EnglandBristolUK
  2. 2.School of EducationUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowUK

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