The Global Digital Literacy Council (GDLC) has dedicated more than 15 years of hard work to the creation and maintenance of worldwide standards in digital literacy. The Council was organized in 2003 and has met several times to define the relevant skills and knowledge required for a comprehensive standard within digital literacy. As technology changes, so does workplace requirements and academic needs, accentuating the importance for a global standard and its need to evolve. For this reason, the Council forms on a periodically to review, update, and ratify changes within the existing Global Standards (GS5) for digital literacy.

Other assessment and certification programs have broad geographic reach, but without a rigorous, validated development process to review testing measures, those programs fail to qualify as objective standards that could confidently be applied across school districts, secondary institutions, or nationwide education initiatives. The IC3 certification is the product of a well-documented developmental process that has been psychometrically validated. It combines the needs of a consistent delivery platform and data management system, to ensure the highest standards are met, regardless of where you live.

The IC3 certification is the product of a well-documented developmental process that has been psychometrically validated.

The IC3 Global Standard is an iterative process. Every update requires approximately 9 months of research, with data collection from more than 400 subject matter experts across more than 75 countries. The final ratification is then debated and confirmed from the attending members of the Global Digital Literacy Council. By engaging in this rigorous process, it assures the IC3 Global Standard is not only current and relevant, but truly a global digital literacy standard that can be delivered anywhere.

In this ever-changing, technology-driven environment, the need to standardize the framework of digital literacy is clear. Help us support our goal of advocating digital literacy across the globe and get involved with the Global Digital Literacy Council. We strive to help every learner, everywhere, have the opportunity to validate their understanding of digital literacy and its foundational relevance to modern technology through Certiport’s IC3 certification.


The purpose of the Global Digital Literacy Council is to define and serve as a credible and authoritative voice on driving the development of a global digital literacy standard. The council oversees and guides the development of globally recognized digital literacy standards and ensures that such standards are market-driven. The council continually maps Internet and computing technology skills and competency requirements to guarantee relevancy and accuracy for the IC3 certification program.

Specifically, the council will be responsible for ensuring that global digital literacy standards, delivery methodologies, and reporting systems, align with market (corporate, educational, workforce development/government, and individual) expectations of core computing competency.


The council will pursue this charter by engaging in the following activities.

Representation of key geographic and industry stakeholders in the definition and development of digital literacy programs and best practices

Review and commencement of the latest development of Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) standards to ensure relevance and applicability

Definition and positioning of global digital literacy issues such as standards, delivery methodologies, and reporting systems


The Global Digital Literacy Council represents an effort to organize a global delegation of key stakeholders–including but not limited to, corporate executives, government officials, academicians, and industry influencers–in the definition and positioning of digital literacy standards and validated delivery systems.

The council meets periodically to drive the development of Internet and Computing Core Certification Standards (IC3) and will undertake such initiatives as are deemed relevant and important to the definition and delivery of global digital literacy programs.

The meeting schedule is a function of the rolling Internet and Computing Core Certification exam development cycle and has been established to provide courseware developers sufficient time to produce learning materials that map to updated objective domains.

In the intervening months, the council will undertake initiatives such as a job task analysis, a peer review, relevant collateral and presentations, and the necessary requirements to document the global digital literacy standards, delivery mechanisms, and reporting systems.


The council members are carefully nominated to represent key stakeholders and industry representatives, including corporate executives, government officials, academicians and industry luminaries. The members are then carefully selected to ensure global representation with approximately 100 delegates.

Council members' participation provides great value to the council and the advocacy that their participation provides to their constituents.


Certiport believes that each delegate will receive and provide the following benefits to the organizations they represent.

Computer Literacy Standard

Delegates will shape and define an emerging, vendor-independent, global standard for Internet and computer literacy.

Global Perspective

Delegates will share regional needs, insights, and trends from the regions they represent that will influence the content of the standard.

Professional Credential

Delegates will benefit professionally from the status and recognition that will accompany being a member of the global digital literacy council.

Market Insight/Perspective

Delegates will benefit from being exposed to the results of the market research as well as the collective expertise represented in other delegates and in the validation process.

Peer Association

Delegates will establish relationships, interact and network with influential leaders in the computing literacy market.


Certiport, as the host of the Global Digital Literacy Council, convenes a new council periodically as a means of keeping the standard fresh and relevant. Past council members have included professionals, academics, and subject matter experts from a wide variety of industries, academia, and the public sector.

Some past members of the council:

Past Council Members (GS3 and GS5)

Claudia Limon, Concius, Mexico
Duong Duc Lan, General Department of Vocational Training, Viet Nam
Ekechukwu V. Onyemachi, National Universities Commission, Nigeria
Gideon Burton, Brigham Young University, USA
Hans Blankendaal, ECABO, Netherlands
Holly Kershaw, Fizzics Education, Australia
Jay Hargis, 24Seven, Inc., USA
John Kimotho, Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development, Kenya
Julie Coiro, University of Rhode Island, USA
Leslie Lott, University of Great Falls/ISTE, USA
Lucia Acurio, Grupo Edutec, Peru
Mark Braund, InterQuest Group, UK
Mike Christopher, Otoy/SkillsUSA, USA
Peter Jack, Consultant to Government on Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships, MSPs, Entrepreneurship, Information Technology, Job creation and Poverty Alleviation, Nigeria
Qingmeng Cheng, Informatization Teaching Guidance Committee in Vocational Colleges of the Ministry of Education, China
Renee Hobbs, University of Rhode Island, USA
Shelly Funderberg, Right Management, USA
Stephanie Chan, Calgary Board of Education, Canada
Tetteh Nettey, Marshalls University, Ghana
Wail Omar, BNR Education, Iraq
Xiaozhou Yan, China Railway Publishing House, China
Yonty Friesem, University of Rhode Island, USA
Helen Barrett, ISTE, USA
Jeanann Boyce, ACE, USA
Bill Crumm, ACT, USA

John Ebersole, Boston University, USA
Shelly Funderburg, Manpower, USA
Hiroshi Kawai, Tokyo Metropolitan Commercial High School, Japan
Pete Saflund, NWCET, USA
Simon Banks & Mary Bennett, OCR, UK
Choon Heong Lim, NICC, Singapore
Jonathan Dalton, The Learning & Skills Council, UK
Astrid Flowers, eSkills, UK
Russell Klein, Utah State Office of Education, USA
Jonathon Haber, First Advantage, USA
Anuja Dharkar, Adobe, USA
Guizhi Ding, Tianjin Professional College, China
Richard Edwards, Edwards Training, USA
Michael Evans, itcert solutions, UK
Julia Fallon, Washington State Public Schools, USA
Anne Hamilton, Microsoft, USA
Professor Tan Haoqiang, Assoc. of Computer Fundamentals China on Higher Education, China
Dr. Don Knezekm, ISTE, USA
Ben Knight, City & Guilds, UK
Julian Luke, Independent Consultant, Australia
Marie Lee, Cengage, USA
Joyce Malyn-Smith, EDC, USA
Duke Mossman, Northeastern Utah Educational Services, USA
Takumi Nakano, Toyota National College of Technology, Japan
Dr. Wail Omar, Sohar University, Oman
Claudia Toledo, TechnoSapiens, USA
Lynedon Van Ness, State of Hawaii, USA