European survey on the awareness of people on the concept and implications of their own digital footprint

Currentle the European Digital Learning Network pledges to carry out a pan-European survey to gather qualitative data about the awareness of adult peopleon the concept and implications of digital footprint. According to this announcement the pledge will be carried out in cooperation with EU Media Literacy and Citizenship (EAVI) and the Technical University of Lodz. The announcement says:

“Digital footprint” refers to one’s unique set of traceable digital activities, actions, contributions and communications that are manifested on the Internet or on digital devices.

There are two main classifications for digital footprints: passive and active. A passive digital footprint is created when data is collected without the owner knowing (also known as data exhaust), whereas active digital footprints are created when personal data is released deliberately by a user for the purpose of sharing information about oneself by means of websites or social media.

The pledge will take place between June – when the survey will be presented – and will continue until October, when results will be collected, analysed and published in a final report with the aim to detect the level of awareness among adults about this issue and formulate a training strategy to increase awareness and competences to manage one’s digital footprint. The survey will investigate to what extent adults are aware of their behaviors online and the positive or negative side effects.

The final goal of this research will be the creation of tailored training initiatives, such as webinars, seminars, workshops etc., on the needs of adult people.

The survey is available in many European languages (not in Dutch…) and is to be found here.


Over Ellen Timmer, advocaat ondernemingsrecht @Pellicaan

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