February 08, 2022

Global Launch of the Digital Citizenship Test on the Safer Internet Day

On the Safer Internet Day, the DQ Institute launched a new Digital Citizenship test (DCT) as a way to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for individuals of all ages, and inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, critically, and creatively. Digital Citizenship test (DCT) is an easy and simple online/mobile test to help individuals and organizations to check their type of digital citizen which shows how ready they are to use technology safely and responsibly.

The global disruption in the past two years has accelerated the digital transformation, where digital skills are now must-have criteria for every individual, in order to bridge the digital gap. Along with the digital skills, online safety and positive use of digital technology, a new emerging requirement faced the global digital society, and that is digital citizenship. 

Digital citizenship is a skill set required to use technology safely, responsibly, and confidently. As the first step of the IEEE digital intelligence (DQ) Global Standards (IEEE 3527.1), digital citizenship is considered as a prerequisite for other digital skills, such as coding, cyber security, and other job-readiness technical skills. 


Digital Citizenship Test (DTC)

Based on years of research, the DQ Institute developed a set of questions that effectively evaluates the digital citizenship level of individuals, which is called the Digital Citizenship Test (DCT). It is an easy and simple online/mobile test to help individuals and organizations to check their type of digital citizen which shows how ready they are to use technology safely and responsibly. 

Connected with the DQ Index, the results from the DCT are immediately updated to the index in order to showcase where each country stands. This allows the countries to effectively utilize resources and to inclusively improve their digital skill levels, creating a positive impact. The level of digital citizenship in a country is a strong sign of whether their DQ Index score is high or not.

Based on the DQ Institute’s global databank, the DQ Institute identified the following 5 different types of digital citizens showing different patterns of digital skills, technology usage (usage), and cyber risk exposure. 


  • Feels more comfortable online than offline
  • Potentially involved with various cyber-risks


  • Average technology user who may not be fully aware of the risks or opportunities 
  • Tend to passively follow the algorithm 


  • Likely communicate with others a lot online 
  • May not consider much about potential cyber-risks


  • Being aware of potential cyber-risks and not fully exploring the digital world
  • Likely having low risks in the digital world


  • Well-rounded digital citizen who balances online and offline lives 
  • Uses technology mindfully


 The new Digital Citizenship Test can be found at  https://wwwdqindex.org/assessment/DCT


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Toolkits for organizations and schools

Whether it be your school, company or country, we have a variety of assessments that helps in measuring your digital citizenship skills based on the global benchmark. 

If you’re looking to create a customized assessment tool (white-labelled) or in-depth analytic services, or need more information, please contact us.


About DQ Institute

The DQ Institute (DQI) is an international think-tank that is dedicated to setting global standards for digital intelligence and to ensuring the safety, empowerment, and well-being of individuals, organizations, and nations in the digital age. DQI seeks to promote and coordinate digital intelligence education worldwide by using the DQ framework as a set of global standards for digital literacy, skills, and readiness. As part of these efforts, DQI also serves as the founding secretariat of the Coalition for Digital Intelligence (CDI), whose members include the OECD, IEEE Standards Association, and DQI. DQI operates as a 501(c)(3) organization in the United States and as a not-for-profit foundation in South Korea. For more information, please visit https://www.dqinstitute.org/