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Innovation for Digital Inclusion to face the economic crisis

Posted by Paul Timmers,  Director for "ICT addressing societal challenges", DG Information Society and Media, European Commission

The economic crisis is challenging the European social model.  In his " State of the Union"  President Barroso pointed out: " …growth in the future will depend more and more on harnessing information technology… In a competitive world we must be also well-educated with skills to face these new challenges."

Good points, but how exactly can ICT help to contain the economic crisis and speed up recovery and jobs creation?

This is the central question that will be addressed next week, on October 5th-7th, when Gdansk will host the European conference “Innovation for Digital Inclusion”.

The conference includes three intense days of debate on the innovative usage of ICT and its importance  for  e-Inclusion in Europe.  For example......about the introduction of adult Europeans into the digital world through facilitating digital literacy acquisition. Or about the national and regional e-inclusion programmes as tools for the implementation of the Digital Agenda for Europe. And about the most effective models of independent living and security of the elderly.

The conference is not just a one-off conversation: real collaboration and interaction is already taking place. For the first time, a collaborative roadmap on eInclusion is being drafted online: more than 150 comments have already been submitted by stakeholders. They concern concrete actions that are making digital inclusion a reality. Moreover, this collaboration is happening with a " federated approach": the roadmap is also commentable on other websites of organisations, such as Telecentres.

Finally, the conference will also host a dedicated DAE Going Local workshop. There where key stakeholders from the private and the public sector will discuss the implications of the Digital Agenda for Europe in Poland. Anyone can participate online in the preparation of this workshop, by submitting questions. The most popular questions will be addressed at the workshop.

The Twitter hashtag for the conference is #innodig2011, and for the Going Local workshop #daelocal_pl

If you have an interest in these meetings and in discussing the Digital Agenda in Poland, keep an eye on our website for Going Local in Poland. Also follow us on Facebook (DigitalAgenda) and on Twitter (@DigitalAgendaEU) while using the hashtags  #daelocal_PL & #daelocal.