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


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


United Kingdom


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.


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)