Discussion Forum

Digital Literacy


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Understanding that the internet is an indispensable instrument for the full exercise of human rights, including freedom of expression, freedom of association and others of economic, cultural and political nature, concrete actions are required to facilitate the conditions of access, use and exploitation of the internet and technology itself. This includes a transversal approach that addresses the particular deficiencies and vulnerabilities of historically discriminated groups, as well as constant technological innovation and its scope.

Digital Literacy is thus a core instrument to support the goal above. The definition of what it means to be “literate” has changed dramatically in recent years. In the past, it was considered that a person could read and write if he or she could do it at a basic level. Today, with advances in technologies and the Internet, literacy also includes Digital Literacy for the development of civic skills.

Digital Literacy for the development of civic skills represents one of the guidelines that can contribute to reducing or eliminating the existing digital divide, which includes users as recipients of information but also producers of content. Therefore, it implies that these subjects have access to the Internet and its basic services without undue interference by private parties and have technical and critical skills for the best use of these in the exercise of their rights.

For some, Digital Literacy for civic skills development has evolved as media literacy, which is the ability to encode and decode symbols transmitted through the media and the ability to synthesize, analyze and produce mediated messages.

Second set of contributions

Aporte de Claudia Avalos Cedillo

Aporte de Artículo 19 México y Centroamérica

Aporte de Sandra Chaher

First set of contributions

Aporte Vladimir Cortés Roshdestvensky de Article19

Aporte de María Sol Abichain de ADC

Aporte de Derechos Digitales

Aporte de Alexandra Cabrera

Aporte de Lilliam Arrieta de Carsana

Aporte de Tâmara Caroline de Intervozes