Tuesday November 17, 2015

Ten technologies which could change our lives: potential impacts and policy implications is a 2015 report, published by the European Parliament.

This study was undertaken in support of the Scientific Foresight Unit's ongoing work to develop a methodology for carrying out foresight studies within the European Parliament.

Ten different scientific and technological trends are investigated which reflect the interests of citizens, policy-makers and legislators drawn from across the European Union. A summary of each trend is provided followed which highlights procedural and legislative issues for policy-makers and legislators to consider when tackling policy-making in the EU in relation to each trend.

(Source: EUROPA)

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Wednesday November 11, 2015

Internet literacy in Japan is a 2015 report published by the OECD.

The rise in Internet usage among young people has seen a corresponding increase in international concern regarding their online safety. In February 2012, the OECD Council adopted a "Recommendation on the Protection of Children Online". The Recommendation called for governments to support evidence-based policies for the protection of children, including surveys to better understand Internet usage by children and the evolving risks, and programmes to increase awareness of this issue. In line with this Recommendation, the Japanese government has inititated efforts to develop improved indicators to measure Internet literacy among youth. This report describes the results of the Internet literacy indicator development project and constitutes a feasibility study for the development of Internet literacy among youth in different countries.

The project formulated an Internet Literacy Assessment Indicator for Students (ILAS), which targeted 15-year-old students to measure their ability to utilise the Internet safely and securely. In 2011, a formative evaluation was conducted for a sample of 569 first-year high-school students from 14 high schools. In 2012, the study conducted a revised nationwide test on a broader sample of 2 464 students from 23 high schools. Evaluation of the results of the ILAS test system confirmed its reliability and validity, attesting to its value as a useful and practical assessment system for measuring youth Internet literacy.

(Source: OECD)

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Wednesday October 21, 2015

A new report shows that 12 million people in the United Kingdom are unable to conduct 5 simple online tasks.

According to the study, people in London, Scotland and East Anglia were most adept online, while people in Wales are the least digitally skilled.

The Guardian created this interactive map, using data from the study.

Read more.

(Source: The Guardian)

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