Wikimedia UK

Developing Digital Literacy

We are campaigning to improve digital literacy across the UK. We teach key digital skills such as researching, referencing and communicating safely online, skills widely recognised as essential in the modern world and key to countering increasingly widespread misinformation and disinformation.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1144513)

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Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£2,400

Amount raised

£2,523

Donations

49

    Categories

  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Information/AdviceInformation/Advice

    Helping

  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)

Location

United Kingdom

Situation

While the internet has revolutionised how we learn and communicate, acting safely and responsibly in online environments requires a degree of digital literacy that is currently under-appreciated in today’s society; those who don't possess these skills are particularly vulnerable to the increasingly widespread misinformation found online. In the UK, societal fragmentation is increasing, driven by media and political polarisation, and fuelled by misinformation and manipulative online content.

Solution

Digital literacy enables individuals to become more resilient to propaganda, politically motivated information and fake news, teaching people to evaluate, analyse and scrutinise information that they come across. We run numerous digital literacy projects including workshops, events and collaborations with partner organisations. We help our beneficiaries develop skills needed for the digital world, so that they can learn, flourish and develop a more considered view of the world around them.

  • I would say that it’s just a brilliant way of developing all kinds of critical, digital literacy skills

    — Lorna Campbell (OER Service Manager, University of Edinburgh)

  • By learning how to contribute articles to Wikipedia, students and staff become better able to evaluate how knowledge is constructed, curated and contested online.

    — Ewan McAndrew, Wikimedian in Residence, University of Edinburgh

  • More and more employers use Wikipedia day to day, and it’s a very strong employability skill regarding digital literacy and critical data literacy. Wikipedia and Wikidata have a key role in educating everyone on these matters.

    — Maren Deepwell (Chief Executive, ALT)