Two prominent foundations have declared that the world needs to set new standards for what it means to be literate in the 21st century.

"For the first time in a long time, we must ask ourselves what it means to be literate, what it takes to achieve this, and how technology will play an essential role," stated a white paper called "21st Century Literacy in a Convergent Media World." The Bertelsmann Foundation and the AOL Time Warner Foundation released the paper at the 21st Century Literacy Summit in Berlin March 7 and 8.

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