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Digital Economy, Recovery Plan & Skills (Unit F.4)

Digital Economy, Recovery Plan & Skills (Unit F.4)

EU countries celebrate first European Girls and Women in ICT day

The first annual European Girls and Women in ICT day takes place on 22 April 2021, as a part of the commitment EU countries made in the Ministerial Declaration on Women in Digital of 9 April, 2019. In this first edition, several member states have organised online events to showcase the opportunities and challenges for girls and women to study technology, enter and stay in the job market of the digital sector, despite a difficult year marked by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 
CONNECT University Online Session on "Women in cybersecurity"

Despite increased interest in the cybersecurity field, the gender gap persists. Women are still highly underrepresented among its ranks, while the majority of jobs are being filled primarily by men. The future of cybersecurity is influenced by its ability to attract, retain and promote more cyber professionals including more women. We need an interdisciplinary approach to reach high level of cybersecurity.

 
Digital Skills for all Europeans - Brochure

Digital technologies are rapidly advancing and changing our lives, from how we work and shop to how we interact with one another. The coronavirus pandemic has further accelerated the need for digital technologies and skills. Everyone today needs to have at least basic digital skills in order to study or work, to communicate, to access a growing number of online public services, and to find trustworthy information.

 
Mobile and fixed broadband prices in Europe at the end of 2019

The study reviews 2019 retail prices of fixed and mobile broadband offers for consumers in the 27 EU States and the UK, Iceland, Norway, Japan, South Korea and the USA. For the first time, data for both fixed and mobile broadband offers was collected during the same monitoring period, from 7 to 20 October 2019.

 
I-DESI 2020: How digital is Europe compared to other major world economies?

EU countries outperform their global counterparts in terms of digital skills, from basic to advanced, but they consistently lag behind in the digitisation of public services, a newly published study shows. The International Digital Economy and Society Index (I-DESI) analyses how EU countries rank in terms of connectivity, digital skills, use of internet, integration of digital technology and digital public services in contrast with 18 other non-EU countries.

 
Digital economy: scoreboard shows women in Europe are less likely to work or be skilled in ICT

The Commission has published the 2020 Women in Digital Scoreboard. Women have spearheaded innovation essential to the advancement of digital technology – from computer algorithms to programming. Yet, they are still less likely to have specialist digital skills and work in this field compared to men. Only when looking at the basic digital skills, the gender gap has narrowed, from 10.5% in 2015 to 7.7% in 2019.

 
Women in Digital Scoreboard 2020

Women across Europe are less likely to have specialist digital skills and work in this field compared to men. According to the Commission’s 2020 Women in Digital (WiD) Scoreboard, only 18% of ICT specialists are women and the gender gap is present in all 12 indicators measured.

 
European Digital Skills and Jobs Platform: project team starts work

The work on the European Digital Skills and Jobs Platform has started in September. The objective is to develop and manage a key tool for boosting digital skills in Europe. It will offer information, resources, overview of training and funding opportunities and a community space for networking and collaboration both on European and national level.

 
Broadband Coverage in Europe 2019

This study is designed to monitor the progress of EU Member States towards their specific broadband coverage objectives, namely "Universal Broadband Coverage with speeds at least 30 Mbps by 2020" and "50% of households should have broadband subscriptions of 100 Mbps or more by 2020".

 
2020 EU Code Week goes online

The annual celebration of coding, computational thinking, creativity and innovative mindset is moving online. EU Code Week introduces virtual events to help teachers, parents, librarians and others to organise activities despite the pandemic. They can now register online activities as part of the Code Week. Physical events can still be registered as well, as long as they are allowed.

 
EU Code Week 2020 kicks off to promote skills for the digital future

The 8th edition of the European Code Week, a grass-roots initiative supported by the European Commission, which aims to make everyone familiar with coding and digital technologies in an entertaining and engaging way, opened on Thursday 8 October with an online event. From 10 to 25 October Code Week will feature lots of online activities and an original #CodeWeekDance challenge in which schools, teachers, libraries, businesses and many more, will have the opportunity to participate.

 
Check out what companies are doing to upskill Europeans with the Pledge Viewer Scoreboard

Pledges made to the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition can now be better grouped and compared through a build-your-own scoreboard tool on the Pledge Viewer which looks at the absolute and relative impact of organisations and their pledges. With this new feature, the actions of those organisations who have worked hard to drive the development of digital skills in Europe will be more easily highlighted than before.