Digital Inclusion

  • (this is a reformatted version of a proposal I submitted to the Gdansk Agenda website in September 2011) According to a survey published in December 2011 from the EU statistical agency, more than 100 million EU citizens have never surfed the Web. That’s why one of the goal of the Gdansk Agenda is digital inclusion. When I put that survey side by side with the crisis Europe is going through, it seems evident to me that both simple ECDL-style teaching on how to use computers and the Internet and bringing broadband everywhere are absolutely unsufficient to achieve digital inclusion.
  • I’ve just come back home after CONSEGI 2011 in Brasilia. It’s been an interesting and intense week. I met great people and carried home lots of beautiful pictures of Brasilia and of ideas and information for my work on Open Data and Digital Inclusion. Definitely, the link between these two things and their relation with poverty, equal opportunities and social change remain the most important concepts floating around at CONSEGI, as I’ve already mentioned in my other reports from this conference.
  • After the good start I already reported, CONSEGI continued well. Besides many talks on specific, often philosophical, political or administrative themes, there are plenty of workshops still ongoing, on a wide range of topics related to Free Software and Open Government: traswhare, e-government, promotion of Free Software both in general and in development of Brasilian IT industry, and labs introducing visitors to Plone, LibreOffice macros, Python, InkScape and many others applications.