A short summary from #GOW16 in Sweden.

Non-hierarchical, independent and democratic networking group

The network Digidelnätverket is a non-hierarchical, independent and democratic networking group, working to increase digital inclusion in Sweden. The network was formed after the national campaign for increased digital participation – Digidel2013 – ended in December 2013. The aim is to increase digital inclusion and accessibility of digital services in Sweden, through collaboration and shared knowledge work.
Digidelnätverket are mainly overseeing and co-ordinated two big events in Sweden, the eMedborgarveckan (eCitizens’ week) a national joint effort for digital inclusion, as well as Sweden’s participation in Get Online Week.
Digidelnätverket is financially supported by IIS (The Internet Foundation In Sweden) in 2016.

You can all Follow us and participate via Facebook; Digidelnätverket and Twitter; #digidel and #eMedborgarveckan #GOW16 and Digidel.se


Record-breaking Numbers

This year we had 132 participants taking part in #GOW16 and totally we reached 4580 people. Which is a record here in Sweden!

The large majority of the participants is in events like #GOW are libraries, the reason to this is that the framework law communal and guidelines libraries are following.
In short says that libraries shall work for the development of democratic society. Prioritized groups are people with different disability’s, national minorities, persons with other native language and children and youth. But also SenioNet, and their work to provide older adults education for and access to computer technologies to enhance their lives and Studieförbunden (Swedish non-formal adult education) have big role in the work for digital inclussion and integration. Since 2015 Studieförbunden has a special assignement to work with activities for asylum seekers .
also have a big part in #GOW.

This year the events varied from big to small, from lectures to hands on training/education for young to senior citizens.

So outside questions regarding the day-to-day usage related to e-mails, social media, e-books …and internet in general one of the most common questions was like the last couple of years regarding electronic identifications. That also shows in the statistics, in the annual report; the Swedes and the internet,
Still 650 000 doesn’t have access to Internet at home and 200 000 don’t use internet even though they have access to it at home.
This means that we have 850 000 persons falling behind in 2015. But even the ones with internet and computers at home needs to follow the progress, e.g. only 67 % of the internet users use Mobile BankID (electronic identification with smart phones) and 59 % Bank ID (electronic identification).
Even though the numbers above are moving the right direction the gap is still way to big from a inclusive perspective. Especially now when we are seeing such big numbers of people migrating to new places, seeking better opportunity’s …

But it’s not all serious, the re were events focusing on the creative and fun part of the internet. At Kramfors Library kids got try computer games created by high school students with Scratch. But also they could try out Scratch them selfs, they played on fruit, programed robots with Scratch and just play around in the scratch environment.

Trust and confidence and Digital jobs

Electronic Identification is key for everyday life, it is needed for: unemployment insurance fund, Social Insurance agency, Swedish Tax Agency, Banks, Employment office etc. So we can’t let people fall behind regarding the internet use in general but also specific in e-services from authority’s mentioned above.

These are questions that should be addressed on a national level by government and parliament. But until then we in digidelnätverket together with the grassroots movement will work for digital inclusion. For now with our work we reached almost 5000 persons in different ages and with different needs, hopefully we gave them new and useful tools.

For future campaigns we need to approach and also try to get all the different authorities to take a more active part in campaigns like Get Online Week.

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