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Title: Council of Europe Forum for the Future of Democracy Madrid, Spain Municipal Congress Centre 1517 Oct


1
Council of Europe Forum for the Future of
DemocracyMadrid, SpainMunicipal Congress
Centre15-17 October 2008e-democracy
  • European Union policy on e-inclusion
  • Miguel González-Sancho
  • EUROPEAN COMMISSION Directorate General
    Information Society and MediaUnit H3 ICT for
    Inclusion

2
Presentation overview
  • Digital divides remain and evolve e-Inclusion
    matters
  • Ageing trends ICT and ageing
  • Disability and ICT
  • (EU) policy intervention on e-Inclusion ongoing
    action
  • e-Inclusion challenges ahead

3
Digital divides remain and evolve
Source i2010 annual information society report
2008 (using Eurostat data)
4
E-Inclusion matters
Digital inclusion for Human Capital and Social
Capital
Employability
12B 39B (productivity increase, better jobs)
Cohesion
5B 10B (ICT industry and new markets)
Digital inclusion boosting ICT services
Growth
Digital inclusion boosting efficiencies in public
services
19B 37B (eGovernment services)
Sustainability
  • Drivers
  • Technology, new services and possibilities
  • User rights, legislation
  • Ageing
  • Public budget pressures competitiveness

5
Ageing trends
30-40 of people are left behind
The share of elderly in the EU population will
double by 2050
35-85 B economic opportunity
6
ICT and ageing
  • Apart form socio-economic divergences, age plays
    a very significant role
  • For people with tertiary education 60 of the
    50-59 age band have broadband access, compared to
    20 of age 80

(Data source SWA2 surveys)
7
Disability and ICT
  • Impairment has a significant effect, after
    controlling for age

(Data source SWA2 surveys)
8
Disability and ICT (2)
Source Measuring e-Accessibility in Europe
(November 2007)
9
EU priorities on e-Inclusion
  • Axis 1 - Enabling conditions
  • Broadband European support to regions
  • e-Accessibility regulation, standards, CIP,
    research, stakeholder co-operation
  • Competences essential, main responsibility in MS
  • Axis 2 - Accelerating participation
  • Public services inclusive e-Government,
    e-participation
  • Ageing, health AP on ageing well in the
    information society, AAL research programme,
    e-Health activity
  • Marginalised youth, migrants emerging topics on
    the agenda
  • Axis 3 - Integrating actions
  • Mainstreaming and co-ordination review i2010,
    social policy
  • Understanding and comparing Riga dashboard,
    studies
  • Awareness e-Inclusion be part of it! campaign
  • Supporting instruments
  • Policy Communications, Declarations, events,
    co-ordination groups, benchmarking, studies
  • Funding structural funds (regional, social),
    research (EU Framework Programme, Ambient
    Assisted Living), deployment and direct support
    (Competitiveness and Innovation Programme, safer
    internet, e-learning, e-content)
  • Law telecoms, equality, standards, public
    procurement..

10
Many ongoing actions on e-inclusion, at all
levels
European e-Inclusion AWARDS 2008
E-Inclusion ministerial conference, Vienna,
30.11-2.12.2008
11
e-inclusion challenges
  • e-inclusion mainstreaming user proximity
  • Across policies (e)education, (e)gov, social
    services
  • Holistic inclusion initiatives target groups
    cotextualise, personalise
  • Key role of intermediaries, telecentres, local
    authorities
  • Co-ordination between key actors
  • Inter/national vs. local action
  • Public service vs. market prospects sharing
    costs PPP
  • Risks of market fragmentation from uncoordinated
    public intervention
  • Measure and demonstrate impact from e-inclusion,
    also economic
  • At aggregated level for individual projects
  • Contribution to specific challenges ageing/
    dependency, immigration/ integration, skilled
    workforce/ competitiveness, e-citizens/ public
    service reform
  • ICT developments are reshaping society
    e-inclusion strategies must evolve
  • Social computing (web 2.0) from access to info/
    services to networking/ shared resources
    efforts
  • Implications for (e)inclusion strategies service
    design, e-literacy, accessibility
  • (In)dependency patterns change new challenges
    for privacy and security, ethics.

12
  • More information at
  • http//ec.europa.eu/information_society/einclusion
    /
  • www.epractice.eu
  • http//ec.europa.eu/information_society/events/e-i
    nclusion/2008/index_en.htm
  • Thank you for being part of it!
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