Internet Centers in Local Councils (ILC)

Published on: 25/11/2007
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The scope of the initiative is to equip the Local Councils with wireless technology and provide public libraries with computers connected to the Internet for public use. The initiative has been kick-started with the aim of building on the existent resources and introducing wireless Internet services as a complementary accessibility channel.

Policy Context

The Ministry’s strategic objectives and main responsibilities are to address the digital divide at all levels in society, and simultaneously improve and enhance the quality of life of the citizens. The Ministry’s ICT strategic priorities are focused on developing the Maltese information society and economy at a local and international level and strengthening the diffusion of ICT in Government and further down to Maltese citizens. The use of basic ICTs in Malta is quite advanced. As a result of various actions coordinated by the public and private sector, the majority of the population has access and makes use of technology.

Description of target users and groups

Any citizen in need of using a computer or accessing the Internet.

Description of the way to implement the initiative

The fight against the digital divide thus requires an ongoing concerted effort through which a number of projects are coordinated in a structured way with identifiable targets and clear benchmarks. Reaching to the remaining percentage of the population who are keeping away from technology is a major challenge which necessitated the re-thinking of a number of initiatives that sought to increase technology accessibility to the all levels of society. In order to coordinate its activities through a holistic approach the MITC has launched the HelloIT Programme. Through this single programme, which converges all the efforts into a framework of inter-related initiatives, the MITC works towards ensuring that all Maltese citizens are active participants in a society increasingly dependant on the use of the information and communication technologies.

Technology solution

Computers and Internet access have been made available. Technology choice: Proprietary technology, Standards-based technology

Main results, benefits and impacts

The internet centres in local councils have resulted in the increased use of the Internet and accessibility in each village in Malta. The potential for replication includes setting up internet centres in public libraries and other public spaces, potentially using wi-fi technologies.

Return on investment

Return on investment: Not applicable / Not available

Lessons learnt

Lesson 1 - Importance to identify different channels through which accessibility to technology can be increased. Lesson 2 - Effectiveness of partnering with local councils to proliferate the usage of ICT. Scope: Local (city or municipality), National