Defining Norms, Coordinating Action

Together, we can help bridge the digital literacy and skills divide


While connectivity is spreading exponentially, digital literacy and skills are not spreading equally. 

A lack of digital intelligence can be an obstacle to full participation as a global, digital citizen, and the divide between those who have digital intelligence and those who don't will only grow as new technological developments demand an even broader range of abilities.


Let’s make digital intelligence more inclusive

Now is the time for all stakeholders including public-private-academic-civic sectors, to work toward establishing fundamental principles for inclusive digital intelligence development, and to create programs that ensure disadvantaged groups gain the relevant digital literacy and skills they need to keep pace—and stay safe.

Rapid digital transformation without digital intelligence education brings risks and widens the gender divide

56% of 8-12 year olds are exposed to cyber-risks, such as cyberbullying, video game addiction, offline meetings, and online sexual behaviors.
Women are 1.6 times more likely than men to report a lack of digital intelligence as a factor impeding their use of the internet.
Children living in countries with low ICT penetration are 1.3 times more likely to be involved with cyber-risks than those in countries with high ICT penetration.

*Source: DQ Institute – 2018 DQ Impact Report


Introducing the Coalition for Digital Intelligence

Three leading, global organizations—the DQ Institute, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and IEEE Standards Association have come together to create the Coalition for Digital Intelligence (CDI), a platform created in association with the World Economic Forum for coordinating efforts on raising Digital Intelligence across the technology and education sectors.

The Coalition for Digital Intelligence helps all organizations advance digital intelligence. It promotes a common understanding across the education and technology communities, and helps to articulate what is meant by terms such as digital skills and digital literacy. It identifies best practices, helps establish common metrics, and facilitates coordinated action to advance global digital intelligence.


The Digital Intelligence (DQ) Framework

Aggregating over twenty leading global frameworks, Digital Intelligence includes eight comprehensive areas organized into 24 competencies that are necessary for digital life today.

Built by an international NGO called the DQ Institute and in alignment with the OECD’s 2030 Learning Framework, these competencies are broad. They allow people to not just use a computer or smart phone, but to deal with modern digital challenges such as identify theft, screen addiction, online privacy, and the spread of digital misinformation.

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 See how the DQ Framework helps people thrive in the digital era:




Sustainable Development Impact Summit: How can Digital Intelligence be Raised?

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Internet inclusion: Advancing solutions
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Internet inclusion: Advancing solutions
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OECD, IEEE and DQI Announce Platform for Coordinating Digital Intelligence Across Technology and Education Sectors

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Connectivity and Beyond: Libraries Help Build an Inclusive Internet

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Opinion: Internet inclusion is meaningless without digital literacy

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World’s first global standard for ‘digital literacy, skills and readiness’ launched

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DQ Global Standards Report 2019

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Coalition for digital intelligence