Digital technology has been widely recognized as a vital tool to further sustainable development. However, many people around the world still do not have the digital capacity, skills and resources required to meaningfully use these technologies and reap their benefits. Gaps still exist in practical tools, processes and measures, as well as in collaboration, which are impeding progress. Each year, the world economy invests billions of dollars in developing digital literacy and digital skills. However, these efforts are not well coordinated where companies, governments and organizations operate their respective programs under their own frameworks meaning that there is no globally shared understanding of and standard for what terms like digital skills and digital literacy mean.
Currently, there is no shared baseline understanding of the level of digital skills in the world today, and as such it is difficult to address how to improve and sustain digital literacy. In September 2018, the Coalition for Digital Intelligence (CDI) was launched to address these challenges. Formed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the IEEE Standards Association and the DQ Institute in association with the World Economic Forum, CDI is a cross-sector cooperative network of organizations from around the world that aims to improve global digital intelligence by coordinating efforts across educational and technology communities through multi-stakeholder collaborations.