European Digital Learning Network - Digital Footprint

European Digital Learning Network - Digital Footprint

European Digital Learning Network pledges to carry out a pan-European survey to gather qualitative data about the awareness of adult people (from age 15 onwards) on the concept and implications of DIGITAL FOOTPRINT.

The pledge will be carried out in cooperation with EAVI – EU Media Literacy and Citizenship ( and the Technical University of Lodz (

“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 and the related awareness communication campaign will be run through online and offline channels, thus to reach the widest possible number of adults’ respondents in Europe. It is expected that at least 1,500 European citizens (from EU members state and EFTA countries) will answer the survey.

Last update: 03/07/2018
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Pledge Category

Digital skills for all citizens

Pledge's geographical scope

Time period

Start date: 30/06/2018
End date: 31/10/2018

Other Pledge details

Public Funding: NO

European Digital Learning Network

The European Digital Learning Network – DLEARN – aims to foster and contribute to the debate on the challenges brought by the digital transformation in terms of digital skills mismatch and digital learning opportunities. DLEARN also wants to bring closer the experiences and the voices of local territories and people to EU polices.

Qualitative Impact

• The survey will gather, with a bottom up approach, information regarding the level of knowledge and awareness of adult people about digital footprint. In particular:
1. Management of personal accounts (email, social networks, personal blogs, forum etc.)
2. Management of personal image (content writing etiquette, use of pictures, personal description etc.)
3. How to regulate and manage advertisement, newsletter and spam
4. PC security
5. Cyber security, cyber bullying, online hate
6. Social Engineering threats (vishing, phishing etc.)
7. Side effects (health, excessive internet use, isolation)

• The survey will gather information from the point of view of European citizens and bring it to the attention of the European institutions and related organisations, thus to match them with policy target and expectations.

• Through this survey we aim to make local needs and perceptions of the educational sector a voice heard at EU level and showcase local practices.

Quantitative Impact

Indicator Description Target Status
Answers to the survey/ European adult people aged 15+ The survey has a pan-European scope, gathering information from the 28 EU MSs and the four countries within the EFTA area. Our target is to gather answers from at least 1500 adults. We will carry out this activity with our own funding and the help of Dlearn members and affiliated entities. The survey will be created in English and translated into Italian, Spanish, German, Greek, Polish, Romanian, Bulgarian, Portuguese, French, Slovenian and Hungarian 1,500 N/A

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Milestone name Completion date Status
The survey is conducted online and is accompanied by a communication campaign made of related articles, blog post, social media feeds, info sheets, infographic and best practice sharing 31/08/2018
Collection and analysis of survey results, shared among all Dlearn members 30/09/2018
Publication of a report to be presented during the Dlearn Annual Conference to be held in Brussels, in which different stakeholders, DGs officers and other organisations will be invited also to discuss the results of the survey 31/10/2018