Digital society at a crossroads: Do we want learners or consumers?

Digital literacy is just as important as reading, writing and maths. This is the message the Mozilla Foundation, the non-profit organisation supporting open source projects, wants to spread as it powers forward to provide a web that’s empowering and educating people. Because, they say, “we can’t do it alone.”

By Annika Burgess

“We are at a crossroads as to choosing what we want the digital society to be. That is either something that empowers and educates people or it’s something where people become consumers.” says Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation Mark Surman, who will be a keynote speaker at the OEB in November.

The number of people accessing the Internet is outpacing expectations. In 2015, the number of Internet users worldwide is predicted to crack the 3 billion mark, with two-thirds of them coming from the developing world. By 2018, nearly half the world’s population will have regular access to the web. But without basic web literacy, what do these millions of new users have to gain?

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