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Digital inclusion for Filipino women and children is essential for a thriving digital economy

Digital inclusion for Filipino women and children is essential for a thriving digital economy

An announcement
made by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT)
highlighted two trainings it conducted to address digital inclusion. One is for
Women and Mobile while the second one is for Children and Mobile Technology.

The DICT hosted back-to-back trainings in
line with the celebration of the National Information and Communications
Technology (NICT) Month 2018, with the theme, “Thrive Through Disruption:
Inclusivity, Empowerment and Sustainability”.

The first training is for Women and Mobile:
Bridging the Gender Gap which was on 27 June 2018. The second training is for
Children and Mobile Technology a 2-day event on 28 to 29 June 2018. Both
trainings were held at the Cocoon Boutique Hotel, Quezon City.

The aforementioned courses were done in
cooperation with the Asia-Pacific
Telecommunity
(APT) and GSMA, both are globally recognised
organisations committed to developing innovative interventions through policy
and regulation addressing society’s technology gaps and inequalities.

The APT is a key organisation of
governments that spearheads development and innovation programs, in cooperation
with the ICT industry key players and stakeholders.

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile
operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 300 companies
in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software
companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations
in adjacent industry sectors.

The DICT recognises gender gap exists in
several forms including digital divide. For them, it must be ensured that embracing
ICT is inclusive to avoid societal imbalance, which is most apparent in
unserved and underserved communities. In these areas, telecommunications play a
pivotal role in magnifying the opportunities that technologies bring in the
digital economy

DICT Undersecretary John Henry Naga said, “The
increased occurrence of women being marginalised in cyberspace has also been
alarming.”

While qualified access to information,
brought about by emerging trends such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data
and Machine Learning, promises a brighter future through more informed
decision-making, it is imperative that the government declares policies and
issuances that will facilitate the use of ICT most notably by those who are in
vulnerable conditions.

Global best practices are then needed to be
localised in order to fit consumer demands particular to a demographic region,
such as mobile applications typically used by the younger generation.

The use of the Internet, especially for the
younger generation, has been defined mostly by the applications used by
consumers. To address issues concerning cost, availability and coverage, appropriate
mechanisms have been established.

Enjoining the industry in telecommunications
reform is key to realise the broadband vision with emphasis on the digital
literacy among children.

Equal access to opportunity must be given
importance to address digital inclusion. Having this will bridge the
countryside and narrow the digital divide.

In view of this, ICT development must be
continuously pushed across different nations and cultures, especially the use
of Internet in educating the youth and mainstreaming gender equality for a
truly digital economy.

An earlier
announcement from the DICT highlighted the month-long celebration of the 2018
National ICT Month this June. A line up of events addressing the three key
messages of the theme, which are Inclusivity, Empowerment, and Sustainability,
were made available for the people to learn from and participate in. The
schedule of activities can be found here.

PARTNER

Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

PARTNER

As a Titanium Black Partner of Dell Technologies, CTC Global Singapore boasts unparalleled access to resources.

Established in 1972, we bring 52 years of experience to the table, solidifying our position as a leading IT solutions provider in Singapore. With over 300 qualified IT professionals, we are dedicated to delivering integrated solutions that empower your organization in key areas such as Automation & AI, Cyber Security, App Modernization & Data Analytics, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Renowned for our consulting expertise and delivering expert IT solutions, CTC Global Singapore has become the preferred IT outsourcing partner for businesses across Singapore.

PARTNER

Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

SUPPORTING ORGANISATION

SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

PARTNER

HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

PARTNER

IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and consulting services provider, helping clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,800 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently, and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity, and service. For more information, visit www.ibm.com