eInclusion meeting (continued – session 2)

Session 2: Geographical Inclusion

Else Rose Kuiper, NL Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vit@l Society: social uses of ICT
– poeple establishing new networking models according to their particular needs. As more and more people come on line, new trends will emerge:
– storytelling groups:
– mothers groups and mutuazl support
– collective care
all NL examples of people using ICT to organise for themselves

Requires internet access and digital literacy skills, but free individual use of the technology (not directed for particular non-user focussed services)
Need more support for social networking

Miguel Urbez, red.es
More than 10 million Spanish people are exclused from broadband access because they are in the “wrong place”. This leads to perception that ICT are “not useful”, therefore no incentive to invest: vicious circle
Ministry of Agriculture providing small, versatile, solutions for small villages (LAN and WiFi) in more than 24OO centres, reaching some 3 million people. Possible Good Practice example?

Norman Albi, Aggaros
Barcelona based initiative aiming to improve infrastructure support for less favoured areas. For example, “we lay and repair roads every year. Why can’t we use that opportunity to lay more fibreoptic cables and spread the backbone?”
May need PPP in order to oevrcome some entry barriers

Johan B�ang (?) Sweden
Disparities in Internet usages between upper and lower economic quartiles of populations: interesting that in Sweden, Internet usage is high in both
Dialup is disruptive: PC relegated to the backroom
Broadband is integrative: possibilities of access anywhere, also within the home
Key question: How will always online and high-speed affect daily life and accessibility, the democratic process and they way we interact? More remote users tend to consume less, but produce more – an interesting observations

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