Eight projects were recognised as exceptional examples of the implementation of ECDL Foundation’s programmes at the annual Best Practice Awards, held during the recent ECDL Foundation Forum in Prague.
Importance of Information Literacy Highlighted as Major Study Shows Fake News Spreads Faster Than Real News
The danger of fake news online has been highlighted in a major new study by academics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab. The study, titled, ‘The spread of true and false news online’, and published in the journal, ‘Science’, looked at how fake news stories were disseminated through Twitter over the whole life of the service, from 2006 to 2017, finding that fake news spreads further and faster than real news.
A new report by the OECD looks at the digital divide in rural areas and examines how technology could bridge the divide. The ‘Bridging the Rural Digital Divide’ report, which is part of the OECD Digital Economy Papers series, covers a broad range of issues around the digital divide in remote and rural areas, and presents an overview of policies and technological developments that could impact the gap.
Cedefop has published a new briefing note on the state of qualifications frameworks in Europe in 2017. The publication, made available in February 2018, considers the status of development of National Qualifications Frameworks (NQFs), the impact that NQFs are having, and a number of other areas. At present, 39 European countries are in the process of developing or implementing NQFs; 35 of those have already formally adopted their NQFs.
Policy makers need to change their mind-set in tackling skills mismatches according to a new report by Cedefop, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training. Among other findings, the report highlights that approximately 85% of jobs in the EU require, at least basic, digital skills.
A new report from the European Internet Forum (EIF) has been published, looking at the future of transatlantic digital transformation. The report considers the views of EIF members in both Europe and the United States, making recommendations on five priority areas, including the future of work.
European Commission Seeks Input on Plans for Better Mutual Recognition of Qualifications and Diplomas
The European Commission is seeking input on a new proposal to make it easier for people to move freely for research or study through mutual recognition of higher and upper-secondary education, as well as study periods abroad.
A national digital inclusion strategy has been launched in France by the Secretary of State for Digital, Mounir Mahjoubi. The strategy, which will see €1 billion spent over 7 years, will aim to help approximately 13 million people in France who lack the skills to go online.
Majority of Businesses in UK Have Not Implemented Staff Training for Major Upcoming Data Protection Law Changes
Just 21% of businesses and only 10% of charities in the UK have implemented additional staff training or communication to prepare for the EU’s major new data protection law, the GDPR. The data, which comes from the UK Government’s ‘Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2018’, conducted for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, also reveals that just over a quarter of organisations surveyed have made changes to the way they work in advance of GDPR’s introduction on 25 May 2018.
Big Gaps Between Perception and Reality of Digital Skills Found According to New ECDL Foundation Report
New research by ECDL Foundation confirms that people consistently overestimate their digital skills. The latest edition of the Perception and Reality report, published this week, brings together research from five countries in Europe, as well as Singapore and India. Significant digital skills gaps exist in all of the countries featured in the report, including among young people.