DQ Institute

In an increasingly technology-oriented society, digital competencies such as digital literacy, digital skills, and digital readiness have become core requirements for the future- and job-readiness of individuals. The OECD, the World Economic Forum, the World Bank, and the United Nations have all identified these competencies as fundamental for our changing world.

However, compared to the exponential speed of connectivity and technology advances, implementation of effective digital media competency education, training programs, and policies occur at a far slower pace, and this speed gap is increasingly growing. Such gaps have yielded serious, unintended negative consequences for individuals as well as for society.

One of the most serious issues worldwide, is an imperative to equip children and adults with a holistic set of digital life skills to become ethical and discerning digital citizens who can proactively mitigate various cyber-risks, while maximizing the potential of technology.

Project Overview

DQ Institute is a project that demonstrates digital competencies should include not only the technical skills one might expect but also comprehensive competencies that include digital safety, digital rights, and digital emotional intelligence for individuals of all ages. In other words, these competencies should allow people to not just use a computer or smartphone, but to deal with the modern social and economic challenges and demands and benefits resulting from technological advances.

The project attempts to understand:

  • How communities already at the margins of society, the question of how digital inclusion and upskilling should be addressed cannot be underestimated.

  • Evidence of an ever-widening digital media competency gap among people in developing countries, underprivileged communities of low-socioeconomic status, women, seniors, and/or children changes the calculus in our understanding of where to channel resources for skill-building programs and initiatives: the socioeconomic and political implications of escalating economic and social inequalities are huge. Here, the imperative is immediate and requires scalable and sustainable efforts.

This project is part of the World Economic Forum’s Shaping the Future of Media, Entertainment and Culture Platform.

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