Each year, the world economy invests billions of dollars in developing digital literacy and digital skills. However, these efforts are not well coordinated, with many companies, governments, and organizations each running their respective programs under their own frameworks. This means that there is no globally shared understanding of what terms like digital skills and digital literacy mean. Lack of a shared understanding leads to uncoordinated monitoring and reporting. There is no shared baseline understanding of the level of digital skills in the world today, and as such it is difficult to address how to improve and sustain them. The world could move much more efficiently towards universal basic digital literacy if there were better coordination around a common set of definitions and standards. An international think-tank, the DQ Institute, has used an academically rigorous process to aggregate over 20 leading frameworks from around the world. The resulting framework, called Digital Intelligence (DQ), includes eight comprehensive areas deemed necessary for digital life today. They include not just the technical skills that one might expect, but also abilities related to digital safety, digital rights, and digital emotional intelligence. This digital intelligence framework is being institutionally adopted simultaneously by both the OECD, which will trigger a dialogue around the dissemination of the framework in the education sector, and by the IEEE, which will trigger an similar process in the technology industry.
The Coalition for Digital Intelligence is a multi-stakeholder community that will coordinate the implementation of the digital intelligence framework across both the technology and education sectors, making sure that both work together and the world moves collectively faster towards universal digital intelligence.