Digital Equal Opportunities (DE!) program
The John von Neumann Computer Society (NJSZT) being aware of its professional responsibility towards the civil society is launching a nationwide movement called Digital Equal Opportunities. The main objective of the initiative is that in very short time each and every member of the society become full member of the information society: to provide the opportunity and the knowledge to everyone to be able to use computer and the world wide web.
The realization of digital equal opportunities could result the significant development both in the quality of living and competitiveness. The aim of the program can only be achieved via a nationwide program. The program should consist, on one hand state financed infrastructural investments in certain areas of the country (at least 10%) which are not effected by the multinational companies. The fact also should be taken into consideration that nowadays this term means not only knowledge required using PCs and internet.
It has more complex meaning such as: critical thinking, collecting and selecting information from various sources, contacting people via various channels, the possibilities of self-expression in a digital milieu, the amendment and publication of traditional contents. A computer connected to the network is not enough yet to be able to find relevant and necessary information and services on the web, it requires regular practice and knowledge gained.
In the framework of the Digital Equal Opportunities (DE!) program NJSZT besides the realization of its own initiatives also offers cooperation with other ideas and programs focusing on the support of elderly people, people living with disabilities and socially disadvantaged groups.
One of the main guarantees of the Digital Equal Opportunities is the level of computer literacy of the population which is undoubtedly a new point of comparison in the European Union. The development of the computer literacy should have priority among the triple principle of Infrastructure, Demand and Knowledge.
The equal opportunities in the field of digital literacy ( in Hungary it means that 20-30 % of the population is capable of using computers on basic level and able to use the internet efficiently and at least 7-8 % will obtain an official certificate of a higher level of computer literacy in office use) can be realized in 2 or 3 years.
NJSZT has initiated several actions to provide entry-level skills for the use of internet to the population (e.g. háLÓRA magyar! and ECDL Start and ECDL ). A new element of the NJSZT training scheme, a one-day complex and interactive course on e-administration, has just been offered to beginners.
These above mentioned trainings on one hand assist to develop the efficiency of the work done on computers and generate more and more real and active clients of the e-governance from the members of the society, on the other. This knowledge can generate a demand to develop and expand e-services.