The explosive growth of technology in every aspect of society offers us a unique opportunity to engage our citizens in economic and civic life. Digital technologies have given us new and better ways to teach and learn. They have made us more efficient at work. And they are enabling us to participate more directly in the governance of our lives. In return, they demand that we continually acquire and develop new knowledge and skills. Information and communication technologies are raising the bar on the competencies needed to succeed in the 21st century.