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This pervasive digitization marks an important shift in the relationship between society and computing; people are compelled to use computers and the internet in order to accomplish the basic tasks. We suggest that this era of compulsory computing demands new ways of measuring and theorizing about digital skills, which remain a crucial dimension of the digital divide. In this article, the theory and measurement of digital skills are re-examined, making three contributions to understanding of how digital skills are encountered, acquired, and conceptualized.


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Skills intelligence publication details

Target audience
Digital skills for all
Digital technology / specialisation
Digital skill level
Geographic scope - Country
Industry - field of education and training
Personal skills and development
Geographical sphere
International initiative
Publication type