Mozilla kicks off global ‘digital literacy’ program

Mozilla Foundation has began a global ‘Digital Literacy’ for teaching basic Internet use and other digital skills. The Foundation is expected that more than 100,000 people to participate in a series of events worldwide over the next two months. The ‘Webmaker’ events which starts from September 15 focuses on digital literacy skills, including computer coding, designing Web pages, and creation of apps and videos.

The program begins this weekend in at least 368 locations including Kampala, Uganda, New York and San Francisco to cities in India, Indonesia and several African countries. It is based on the precise that most of the world’s population will be online soon, with traditional computers or mobile devices like smartphones. The program ties in with other efforts of Mozilla to promote an open Internet, including the Firefox browser and a smartphone platform.

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Digital literacy is as important as reading, writing and math in modern society,” Mozilla Foundation executive director Mark Surman told AFP in a telephone interview.

“We set out with these parties to teach the world how the Web works.”

The foundation aims to help get more people around the world connected to the Internet, and to help them use it in more active ways. It also plans to double the participation level of last year of around 60,000 people.

In the end the broad majority of people are going to have a computer in their hands or in their pockets in the next few years”, Surman said.

“We need to make sure those five billion people understand what the Web is now.”

Mozilla is spending more than USD 4 million annually on these programs with grants from a number of foundations and donations.

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“We came to the conclusion that just building products with the values of the open Internet were not enough,” he said.

“We want the billions of people on the Internet to know how it works to get the most out of it.” ( As covered by Hindustan Times)

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