IFEZ, which runs the Smart City in Incheon, announced that, on April 16th, it signed an MOU with the DQ Institute to establish the headquarters of the DQ Institute in Songdo International City and work together to promote digital literacy, digital skills, and digital readiness.
IFEZ is actively supporting research on the development of DQ Global Standards as part of a joint project with the DQ Institute and IEEE that aims to develop human-centred smart cities.
DQ (digital intelligence) is a comprehensive set of technical, cognitive, meta-cognitive, and socio-emotional competencies that are grounded in universal moral values and enable individuals to face the challenges of digital life and adapt to its demands. Thus, individuals equipped with DQ become wise, competent, and future-ready digital citizens who successfully use, control, and create technology to enhance humanity.
DQ Institute (DQI) is an international think-tank that is dedicated to setting global standards for digital intelligence education, outreach, and policies. Working together with international agencies and local partners, DQI builds multi-stakeholder coalitions that advance its mission and help people worldwide. DQI’s award-winning educational programs include the #DQEveryChild initiative, which seeks to empower 1 billion children with digital intelligence education.
Kim Jin-Yong, Commissioner of the Incheon Free Economic Zone Authority (IFEZ), Korea, noted: “While governments are spending billions of dollars to build digital technology and infrastructure for ’smart‘ cities every year, there has been a serious lack of investment in education and training of digital literacy to make citizens ’smart‘. With the rapid rise of new cyber-crimes, cyber-bullying, and online privacy issues, IFEZ is committed to empowering our citizens with digital intelligence and helping implement the global standards of DQ.”