Digital Literacy

In the last two weeks, we discussed about digital literacy that is the set of skills used to interact effectively with a network of devices living in the cloud.

An interesting concept was that one of digital natives and immigrants. Working in computer science, I feel like I am more a digital native. Since I was a kid I have followed the advances computing and network. I have always been amazed by the technology. Sometimes I am dreaming about future technologies.

Prensky makes another distinction about digital residents and visitors. I use one social media that is Instagram (now also google plus for the class) and it is not really for network building or socializing. It is more to keep track of some time in my life, the place I saw and the food I had. I do leave traces of myself  (or at least what I want people see about myself) in Instagram so I can be considered a digital resident also. However, I am not really happy about this. I receive continuously invitations to participate to this and that social network website. There is a flooding of invitations, some I can avoid but other ones I can’t really avoid, like this google plus. I think people are just exaggerating with this social networks.

An important point I want to discuss in this first post is the creative common license that was also one of the topic of the webinar I have attended. A Creative Common (CC) license is a copyright license that allows to share and use a work done by somebody. It is important to have clear ideas about licenses and intellectual properties online. Sometimes, it can happen that for one lecture we use an image prepared by somebody else and the intellectual property and the right to use should be considered. Search engines for music and imagines with CC license are available online. For instance, one can use to look for images and music. Also Flicker and google in the advanced search tab allow to look for images and music released with CC license.


Prensky, Marc (2001). “Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants”. On the Horizon. 9 (5): 1–6. doi:10.1108/10748120110424816.

This is a first post when I still didn’t know how I was supposed to write post entries for the blog. I keep it for historical records and because it is what it could be in an hypothetical parallel world.

What is digital literacy? Is it very necessary to your life or does it make you happier? Do we really need a digital literacy to know that whatever we write on these blogs and google plus is used to sell us stuff we don’t need?  Is digital literacy the sad thought that we have no right to private and intimate moments once online ? Is the highest form of digital literacy refusing to use any unprotected network (that basically is almost the totality of the networks) ? Is Snowden right ? Does digital literacy inevitably lead to a technological Luddism?

I hope to live enough to see quantum communication protocols in place. That’s what I said to the taxi driver in Manchester when talking  about the danger of the Internet.


4 thoughts on “Digital Literacy

  1. Could digital literacy be the opposite. The know how on how to be able to communicate freely. Only the ones with digital literacy are the ones who know how to escape big brothers watching eye 🙂


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