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Co-operation and Partnerships:. Stiftung Digitale Chancen (Digital Opportunity Foundation) Berlin Dr. Bettina Hohn Managing Director. Stiftung Digitale Chancen (Digital Opportunity Foundation) Background.
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Co-operation and Partnerships: Stiftung Digitale Chancen (Digital Opportunity Foundation) Berlin Dr. Bettina Hohn Managing Director
Stiftung Digitale Chancen (Digital Opportunity Foundation) Background Concerning the use of the Internet, Germany is standing in the rear middle range compared to other European countries. Netzwerk Digitale Chancen (Digital Opportunity Network) Originally developed as a project at the University of Bremen funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (March 2001 – January 2002)
Stiftung Digitale Chancen (Digital Opportunity Foundation) • Vision • All people should be able to benefit from the opportunities of the knowledge society. • Mission • Encourage and help people to learn more about the Internet. Stimulate public and private efforts to bring the power of communications to under-served communities. • Three Target Groups: • Beginners who want to learn more about the Internet. • Providers of public Internet access points • Experts from politics, business and science who work at closing • the so-called ‘digital divide‘ in theory and practice
What we offer Target Groups Call-Center World Wide Web Internet beginners Hotline Phone. 01805-383725 = 01805-FUERALLE • Target group-specific information on access points • children-specific information on access points • additional information for handicapped people www.internet.fuer.alle.de Database enquiry of 3.500 public internet access points in Germany with details on opening hours, costs, courses etc. (recommendations for web sites for beginners) Experts from politics, business and science Multiplicators of target groups www.digitale-chancen.de Nation‘s premier web portal providing resources and information on the digital divide/digital opportunities Informing the Policy Agenda www.digitale-chancen.de Sharing Best Practices Support for (non-profit) access points Providers of access points
Help / Support (Media) Literacy • Public Access • Job / Educational Institutions • Private Access Relevant Contents Positive Experience Technology Possibly Change of Cost / Benefit Assessment The Importance of Public Internet Access for Spreading Internet Use
Digital Opportunity Network Funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology from March 2001 to January 2002 How can sustainability be secured? Establish a Foundation: Stiftung Digitale Chancen (Digital Opportunity Foundation) Private-Public-Partnership Under the patronage of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology Founders: University of Bremen AOL Germany
Digital Opportunity Foundation, Berlin Under the patronage of the Federal Ministry of Economy and Technology • Executive Board • Founders: • AOL Germany • University of Bremen • Strategic Partners Contractor CallCenter Supporters Supporters from politics, business and science • Editorial Partners • Experts for the target groups: • Women • Senior Citizens • People with handicaps • Migrants • Disadvantaged children and youths • International aspects • Rural areas • Office of Forum Information • Society Service Providers Supply contents Advisory Council Representatives of societal groups and institutions (e. g., Deutscher Frauenrat, Commissioner for Migrants) Stiftung Digitale Chancen Office in Berlin Scientific Director: Prof. Dr. Herbert Kubicek Supply contents Activities with Partners / Cooperation Projects advice support with cooperations and public relations offers public relations work Resources and Multiplicators Digital Divide Network Benton Foundation Forum Information Society Initiative D 21 European Commission Leading Municipal Associations
Projects and Activities 2002Focus: Support for underserved youth • Deepening the Research on Bridging the Divide and Expanding the Database (www.digitale-chancen.de) • Providing Assistance for Decision-makers • Transatlantic „Teens&Technology Roundtable“ 2002 • Qualification for Internet-based youth work • Practical support for providers of Internet access points • Spreading Internet access within charity organizations in Germany • Organization of courses and workshops on the design of accessible websites (Universal Design) • Fundraising Strategy
Mission of the Digital Opportunities Network (2001): We want to make people - especially from disadvantaged population groups - interested in the opportunities of the Internet and to support them in the beginning, so that they will be able to recognize the opportunities of this digital medium and to benefit from them. Excerpt fromthe statutes of the Digital Opportunity Foundation (2002): (2) Purpose of the foundation is the support of science and research as well as education in the sector of media use and literacy, especially in view of the use of the Internet, particularly in Germany. (3) The purpose of the foundation will be realized especially by a) Support of science and research: ·Carrying-out and financial support of scientific studies on questions of the so-called digital divide within the populationconcerning the use of new media as well as measures for solving these problems; ·Organizing conferences and workshops to initiate a national and international exchange on the problems of the digital divide of the population and to provide access to research findings for the public; ·early presentation of research findings on a website in the Internet to make them available to the public. b) Support of education: ·Qualification and training of pedagogues and social workers to enable them to pass on media literacy to members of population groups who have been underrepresented in the Internet until now (e.g., to disadvantaged children and youths, the elderly, migrants, etc.); ·Organization of events to teach representatives of population groups underrepresented in the Internet subjects suitable for enhancing Internet use and media literacy; ·financial support of other tax-privileged corporate bodies or corporations under public law running programs for spreading Internet use and media literacy in population groups underrepresented in the Internet; ·Implementation of measures, e. g., organization of competitions, aiming at drawing the attention of the public to the importance of the opportunities provided by Internet use and media literacy.
Employed / jobless Migrants People with handicaps Women Rural areas Disadvantaged children and youths The elderly Stiftung Digitale Chancen Under the Patronage of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology German Trade UnionFederation German Women‘s Council Members of the Advisory Council: Target Groups German Country Women Association of German Country Youth Federal Commissioner for Migrants Association for Intercultural Work German Association for the Protection of ChildrenYMCA Aktion Mensch Working Group Disability and Media German Red Cross AWO Charity Association Federal Working Group of Elderly Organizations UNESCO BzPB Churches