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17 EU members late in implementing new cybersecurity directive

17 EU members late in implementing new cybersecurity directive

17 EU Member States have been asked to formally transpose the Directive on Security of Network and Information Systems (NIS Directive) into national law. The deadline to implement the necessary laws at national level was 9 May this year, but so far, only 11 countries have indicated that they have done so.

Digital literacy needs to start in kindergarten according to new EU report

Digital literacy needs to start in kindergarten according to new EU report

A new study by the EU’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has examined the way that young children, up to age 8, use technology. A key finding is that there is an increase in technology use by very young children, often despite the lack of a structured way for those children to develop necessary digital skills.

Fake news and disinformation targeted in draft EU code of practice

Fake news and disinformation targeted in draft EU code of practice

A code of practice to tackle online disinformation has been created by a working group of the European Commission. The code has been developed by a working group that brings together organisations involved in online platforms, social networks, advertisers, and the advertising industry. It seeks to reduce online disinformation in five areas.

ICDL highlighted in UNESCO report as example of an international digital competence framework

ICDL highlighted in UNESCO report as example of an international digital competence framework

A new report by UNESCO has highlighted the ICDL programme as a significant example of a digital skills framework around the world. ‘A Global Framework of Reference on Digital Literacy Skills for Indicator 4.4.2’ was published with the aim of providing a basis for an indicator of the, “Percentage of youth/adults who have achieved at least a minimum level of proficiency in digital literacy skills”, under the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

€9.2 billion investment in digital challenges announced by European Commission

€9.2 billion investment in digital challenges announced by European Commission

A new programme to invest €9.2 billion in meeting digital challenges has been announced by the European Commission. The Digital Europe programme proposes the investment as part of the EU’s long-term budget for 2021 to 2027.

Campaign to promote digital skills for apprentices launched in Austria

Campaign to promote digital skills for apprentices launched in Austria

A new campaign, titled, ‘Apprentices: Let’s go digital’ has been launched by OCG, the ECDL National Operator in Austria. The campaign aims to promote the importance of digital skills for young apprentices, and encourage certification using ECDL.

Barriers to preparing workforce for digital economy identified in new Nesta report

Barriers to preparing workforce for digital economy identified in new Nesta report

Nesta, a UK charity promoting science and technology innovation has published a new guide that looks at how to prepare, “the workforce for an inclusive digital economy.” The guide provides an overview of barriers to upskilling the workforce and suggests policy steps that could be taken by governments to overcome those barriers.

DESI data highlights concerning lack of digital skills across Europe

DESI data highlights concerning lack of digital skills across Europe

The latest edition of the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) has been published by the European Commission. DESI summarises key indicators on the continent’s digital performance, including on digital skills, providing a tool to track progress of Member States in digital competitiveness.

New DigComp guide references ECDL programme

New DigComp guide references ECDL programme

The European Commission has published a new user guide to DigComp. The guide, which features a case study of ECDL Poland’s use of DigComp, as well as a quote from Frank Mockler, Head of Programme Standards at ECDL Foundation, is intended to highlight “inspiring DigComp implementations.”

Best Practice Awards Winners Showcase Excellence in ECDL and ICDL

Best Practice Awards Winners Showcase Excellence in ECDL and ICDL

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.

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