IGF 2019 WS #27 Digital Literacy - a new base for citizienship

Organizer 1: Brigitte Döllgast, Goethe-Institut
Organizer 2: Sabine Reddel-Heymann, Goethe-Institut
Organizer 3: Markus Huber, Goethe-Institut

Speaker 1: Anna Gàsc, Civil Society, Eastern European Group
Speaker 2: Malu Andrade, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 3: Peter Lee, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group

Policy Question(s): 

How can digital literacy be established in a way that not only technical skills, but also social and cultural participation in a digital world can be ensured?

Relevance to Theme: The term "Digital Literacy" covers a broad set of skills. Technical skills are the basis to master the challenges of daily life in the digital age. But in order to be able to play an active role in the civil society of the 21st century and to contribute in a meaningful way to the development of the society, a different set of critical mindest and deeper understanding of the digital world is needed. This workshop will discuss different ways to approach this essential and global challenge. It will bring together different cultural perspectives and will focus on developing innovative solutions by including and addressing all stakeholders.

Relevance to Internet Governance: Through this workshop, representatives of international civil society organisations and movements will get the opportunity to formulate their topics and approaches regarding the relevance and the development of digital literacy. This will assist the relevant official bodies to further the advancement of a digital civil society for all.


Break-out Group Discussions - Flexible Seating - 90 Min

Description: In the first part of the workshop the strategic approach of the Goethe-Institut towards this topic will be presented. Afterwards there will two or three examples of projects developed by the Goethe-Institut and its partners (Africa, Asia, Easter Europe/Central Asia) (30 min) In the breakout sessions, the strategic approach and the examples will be used by the participants as a base to discuss how the Topic can be be promoted further, how different stakeholders can be included, how different communities can provide their input et.

Expected Outcomes: As a result of the workshop there will be a better understanding among the participants of the relevance and importance of digital literacy. There will be a clear vision of how to implement this topic in different contexts and communities. A network of stakeholders and experts will be formed and channels for exchange will be established. Projects and action plans will be formulated as a result of the workshop and will be executed in the aftermath of the meeting.

Onsite Moderator: 

Brigitte Döllgast, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Online Moderator: 

Sabine Reddel-Heymann, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)


Markus Huber, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Discussion Facilitation: 

A variety of formats and methods will be used to encourage exchange and participation.

Online Participation: 

Usage of IGF Tool


GOAL 4: Quality Education
GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
GOAL 10: Reduced Inequalities
GOAL 17: Partnerships for the Goals