Digital illiteracy: those who can’t get used to technology

In this France Culture podcast, people who don’t know how to use a computer or an internet connection talk about their daily life and their struggle to get used to digital technology.

Digital youth inclusion and the big data divide: examining the Scottish perspective

Many of the existing youth digital inclusion programmes primarily focus on functional digital literacy (e.g., how to access information online), and not critical digital literacy (e.g., how to critically analyse the information online).

In this article based on a research conducted in Scotland, Alicja Pawluczuk (United Nations University Institute, Macau) suggests that digital inclusion should be viewed not just as a strategy for employment and education, but as a set of larger, systematic, continually evolving, and critical youth engagement practice to enable young people’s critical digital abilities to continually review and respond to their positions within the power structures of the data society.

The Author suggests digital inclusion provision for young people should consider three main issues: digital inclusion processes, young people’s needs, and young people’s human rights in the digital age.

Lithuanian libraries help citizens bridge the digital divide thanks to an ERDF project

500 000 Lithuanians are still not using the Internet, as a result of lack digital skills. Among them, people living in rural or deprived areas, low-income, low-education or unemployed individuals, older people, people with disabilities. The “Connected Lithuania” ERDF project, co-funded by the Republic of Lithuania, offers free digital literacy lessons to Lithuanian citizens. The training takes place in public libraries, involving librarians and volunteers, and has reached over 30.000 citizens so far – most of them women and over 50.

E-inclusion versus digital divide – a challenge for the Romanian education system in the time of the COVID19 pandemic

This article by Sofia Loredana Tudor (Faculty of Educational Sciencies, Social Sciencies and Psychology, University of Pitesti, Romania) published by Editura Universității Aurel Vlaicu, investigates on the technological coordinates of the virtual  educational system developed in the Romanian education background in the period of the COVID19 pandemic.

The full article can be downloaded from the Central and Eastern European Online Library website:

“Share your WiFi” – a solidarity initiative to fight the digital divide in deprived areas of Marseille, Tours and Villeneuve-la-Garenne

During the lockdown period a network of associations in Marseille, Tours and Villeneuve-la-Garenne launched the “Partage ton WiFi” solidarity initiative that aims to help the households who cannot afford an internet connection but must still have an access to the outside world for getting information, finding administrative documents, or allow for educational continuity to avoid their children dropping out of school. The “Partage your WiFi” initiative encourages as many people as possible to communicate their wifi access keys to their neighbours by affixing notices in the entrance halls of their blocks.

The initiative was launched by the Association Intergénérationnelle de la Rabière and the PoleS of Villeneuve-la-Garenne.

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Social Support for Digital Inclusion: Towards a Typology of Social Support Patterns

This article by Axelle Asmar, Leo van Audenhove and Ilse Mariën (iMEC-SMIT, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium) published by Cogitatio, contributes to a better understanding of patterns of social support in relation to digital inequalities. It shows that mechanisms of in/exclusion are highly social, as they entail a diversity of formal and informal support-seeking patterns, which in turn have an important influence on the adoption and use of digital media, and introduces the concept of social support for digital inclusion defined as the aid (emotional, instrumental, and informational) that an individual receives from his/her network in his/her use of digital technologies.

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L’impatto del Coronavirus sulla povertà educativa in italia

Save the Children Italia ha recentemente pubblicato: L’impatto del Coronavirus sulla povertà educativa: un’indagine inedita su un campione di oltre 1000 bambini e ragazzi 8-17 anni e i loro genitori. Il documento analizza come la pandemia abbia contribuito a rendere ancora più grave il divario digitale per i minori e le famiglie in stato di povertà economica e culturale, con forti implicazioni a livello educativo e sociale. La pubblicazione è scaricabile al link

A research study on digital divide in Greece-Μία έρευνα για το ψηφιακό χάσμα στην Ελλάδα