e-Skills and NGOs: tools for common Europe – An Opinion

2010. február 15 · Kategória: Documents, Információs társadalom 

East of Brussels the gap is increasing between East and West Europe. This gap is defined by the GDP, the civilisation, cialis vs generic tadalafil cultural and solidarity level of the society, the political players’ democratic commitment. The proper actions initiated by the EU have different meanings and lead to different results in the different countries. Consequently lagging behind the common objectives is permanent, and the citizens’ disappointment increases.

Gabor Dombi, Inforum, Hungary

The recently accessed EU countries expected a sudden side effects viagra vs cialis improvement in their welfare, the continued democratisation of politics, and their integration into the Western culture. This did not happen, because the local powers were unable to attain the new civilisation level due to their cultural traditions. Therefore the EU institutions should establish partnerships not only with governments, but also with those non-governmental organisations, opinion forming entities that are committed towards European values, Union efforts, and local progress.

In South and East Europe still the most important task would be the realisation of a comprehensive information society and economy. The objectives of the 2006 Ministerial Conference of Riga have not been achieved either, the digital divide was not reduced by 50 per cent. The many and articulated “ageing well” calls also remained without any echo in this region. Wideband regional access, awareness raising campaigns, education and content service are all missing especially for the elderly (50+), the poor, and the rural inhabitants. In the lack of money the national e-Inclusion programs have not been completed, while the more developed Europe is already ready to take the next step. In Hungary, Inforum (Forum of the Hungarian IT Organizations for Information Society) a non governmental umbrella organisation, initiated that the Hungarian Parliament should issue a Parliamentary Decree, and uniquely in Europe it should establish a Parliamentary Committee for solving the problems of e-Inclusion. Soon the Parliamentary Committee faced that only civil what is tadalafil citrate organisations committed towards modernisation do hear its call, the state institutions do not. According to the opinion of Inforum significant resources and European support for the local civil forces would be required for modernisation, in order to achieve that the majority of all http://cialisvsviagra2treated.com/ the classes of the society should become users of the digital world. Fewer declaration and more direct contacts between the competent DGs and the organisations would be needed, and an increasing number of Union tenders could contribute to the success of the local initiatives.

Inforum since 1997 considers it to be its task to achieve that IT be widely used by the society. Inforum in the interest of spreading digital literacy throughout the society through the publication of books, a series of intergeneration events (Grandchild-Grandparent IT Competitions: 2003 – …), by setting up a user protection office (Inforum-Infomediátor, 2004), a user supporting portal (50plusz.NET, 2008) and the establishment of a knowledge base (eInclusion.hu, 2007) assists the spreading of the information society cialis and equal opportunities. In year 2007 Inforum initiated in Hungary the e-Inclusion Movement, and in year 2008 it launched the Digital Hungary Spring event series. Inforum actively participated in the establishment of the Office of the IT Commissioner (2000), the IT and Telecommunication Committee of the Hungarian Parliament (2000), the Ministry of IT and Telecommunication (2002), and sildenafil the Special Parliamentary Committee for e-Inclusion (2008). In year 2009 Inforum prepared its first education film series, which introduces through 30 steps the use of computers, the internet and online services. Inforum recently published its new study: „Open points of view to new Strategy of Information Society: Standard of Living and Profit”. The European Community acknowledged the work of Inforum by awarding it an eInclusion Gold Medal in 2008.

What could be the real message of the e-skills week in the year of societal solidarity? e-skills is a part of the European e-Inclusion policy. For this reason it would be a mistake if the e-skills week would only address the enterprises. The ultimate target is to win the consumers. The consumers may be served at an increasingly higher civilisation level, and this can be achieved with training the service providers and the consumers. It would be important that service providers should not only care about the rich clients, but they should see the market opportunity in people living with disadvantages, in the elderly and in sildenafil citrate people living in rural regions. The enterprises have to participate in exploring the market and training the consumers. NGOs represent an example with their responsible behaviour and actions as regards changing the attitude of the companies, achieving a more global governmental approach, and the training of the consumers. Therefore NGOs are the key to the success of the European programs and the e-skills week.

Gabor Dombi
Inforum, Hungary