We talk about literacy (as in reading and writing) and financial literacy (for all things money). When we hear of digital literacy, we often hear about the gap in speed between US broadband and other nations (hint, we’re not even close to #1), gaps in rural availability of the slow broadband we have, or how those of lower economic means lack computers and/or access. Digital literacy goes beyond that, though.
Hackers, crackers, programmers, and even bloggers (or forum residents, IRC or USENET users) understand many of the concepts, mores, customs, values, opportunities, and risks of online life. The thought is that the younger generations – millennials or younger – are digital natives who have always known this new reality. What do mere citizens need to know to be considered digitally literate?