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LINKS Erasmus+ Project

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LINKS Development of the Digital Sovereignty Competences of Youth Workers

Digital sovereignty is a new concept in the digital era suggesting that parties should have sovereignty over their digital data. On an individual level, digital sovereignty demonstrates the capacity of individuals to own their data and control their use. Personal data is the new crude asset for which a complex ecosystem has been established to collect, analyze and trade its value. However, the data economy and digital transformation raise several significant concerns. Regarding youth workers and their activities, digital sovereignty and data/privacy protection have become of even higher importance. Due to the nature of their work, youth workers have access to and process data and sensitive personal information such as medical details, emergency contact names, numbers for health administration, etc.

LINKS project will directly and actively support youth workers develop and enhance their digital sovereignty and digital security skills and competencies, which serves a two-fold purpose:

  • On an individual level, youth workers will improve and enhance their knowledge and the available tools to help them control and evaluate the use of their and others’ digital data and history.
  • On a societal level and through the increased digital sovereignty of youth workers, digital data of organizations, NGOs and various groups supported by these organizations (migrants, refugees, unemployed youth, etc.) will be well protected and ensured against misuse and cyber-attacks.


Given the direction and purpose of digital skills and competencies within the current EU policy dialogue, Ursula von der Leyen has made it a core mission of her team’s mandate to “make Europe fit for the digital age”. The LINKS project aligns with this, as project outputs have been designed to provide transferable support, guidance and information on how the LINKS project outputs can be upscaled and replicated in other regions across Europe. LINKS project will build on the Digcomp Digital Competence Framework, which does not explicitly cover security from aggressive attacks, spam and scam tricks used to steal people’s data and information online, providing a newly established framework of competencies for individuals’ digital sovereignty.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use that might be made of the information contained therein. 2021-2-DK01-KA220-YOU-000050308

Target audience

National adult learning networks and infrastructures

Purpose of group

Application for EU funded projects

Themes Addressed

Learner Support

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