IIA launches digital inclusion campaign to Digitise the Nation
The Irish Internet Association is sending a bright orange mobile training unit to a town nearly you as a new campaign to Digitise the Nation takes to the road to bring basic digital skills to everyone in Ireland.
“The IIA is wholly committed to ensuring that online is for everyone,” said Joan Mulvihill, CEO of the IIA. “It is our job and really our passion, to promote internet adoption not just to businesses nevertheless to everyone; old, young, rural and urban.”
The mobile unit
With the mobile unit, the IIA aims to train more than 2,000 people in basic digital skills, like how to use email and VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), how to find value and save money online, and how to search for jobs, news and information online. The training will as well help novice users build their confidence in computing.
“At its core, the internet is about community, inclusivity, communication and access,” said Mulvihill. “It has the power to bring people at the same time, to share experiences, to access the world in a new way; communicating with family and friends, accessing news, jobs, getting value for money, finding useful facts and even trivial ones.”
The Minister for Communications
The Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte, TD – whose department as well supported the project through a BenefIT 3 grant – was as well at the launch.
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