The 1st and 2nd of October we have participated to third meeting of DIGIT in Reus, Spain, hosted by DOM SPAIN. The meeting was very productive, partners finalised the MANIFESTO, soon to be published, and built the foundations for the project next steps. DIGIT involves one of our main topic of interest: digital competences and digital footprint.
Digital competences are one of the current key educational priorities of the EU institutions. While digital skills are considered necessary in order to meet labour market needs, the concepts of ‘virtual citizenship and identity’ pose a growing challenge for society. Individuals that may or may not be digitally literate, including the so-called ‘digital natives’ (a person born or brought up during the age of digital technology and so familiar with computers and the Internet from an early age), all need to be informed and aware of how their identity and footprint are being tracked on the internet. Aiming to develop comprehensive materials that analyse the issue, the DIGIT project will inform digital users about all aspects that come with having a digital identity, and provide some elemental guidelines to minimise cyber threats to one’s data and to one’s public image. In this respect, it will also deal with aspects of cyber bullying and hate speech.