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Estonia's digital literacy programmes explored by Committee

2 March 2020

The Committee will hear evidence on Estonia's digital literacy programmes as it works to ensure its citizens are educated to understand digital propaganda in its position as a near neighbour of Russia, as well as the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation within DCMS.   


Monday 2 March in Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster

At 3.00pm

  • Siim Kumpas, Adviser to the Government, Office of Estonia

At 4.00pm

  • Roger Taylor, Chair of Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation
  • Oliver Buckley, Executive Head of Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation

Possible areas for discussion

  • The Estonian government has placed a significant focus on digital and media literacy. What is their definition of digital literacy, and what does this focus look like in practice, across different age and socioeconomic groups?
  • In Estonia's experience, what have been the main barriers to promoting good digital, media and political literacy? How can these be overcome, and have any lessons been learnt in overcoming these?
  • What should best practice in transparency from technology companies look like in terms of auditing their algorithms and sharing data with researchers? To what extent are the barriers to technology platforms sharing data with researchers legislative or do you see it simply as excessive caution from the platforms?
  • How effective do you think current accountability mechanisms are for disincentivising harmful targeting or algorithmic practices, and what new mechanisms, if any, do you think are needed?

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