Digital Literacy and Digital Inclusion: Reading the Digital World

In his presentation, Professor David Mallows reflects on the notion of literacy in our contemporary digital world. The talk begins by discussing digital literacy as an extension of ‘traditional’ or ‘pen and paper’ literacy, underlining its importance but also its potential to increase already existing inequalities.

Professor Mallows draws on the work of the Brazilian educator Paulo Freire, in particular his concept of reading the world before reading the word, to suggest that acquiring digital literacy should be viewed as a potentially transformative act, and that becoming digitally literate is necessary in order for adults to interact with and impact on their surroundings.

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