MCA pub­lishes ‘Digital In­for­ma­tion So­ci­ety ‒ A strate­gic frame­work for ac­tion 2018-2022’ for public con­sul­ta­tion

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The Malta Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Author­ity is pub­lish­ing the Digital In­for­ma­tion So­ci­ety – A strate­gic frame­work for ac­tion 2018-2022, for public con­sul­ta­tion. The frame­work charts the way for­ward for the In­for­ma­tion So­ci­ety Unit for the next four-and-a-half years.

In an in­creas­ingly digital world, where In­for­ma­tion Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy is per­me­at­ing ev­ery as­pect of life of the ma­jor­ity of cit­i­zens, the MCA has the man­date to roll out ini­tia­tives that would min­imise digital il­lit­er­acy across so­ci­ety.

The re­la­tion­ship be­tween tech­nol­ogy and mem­bers of so­ci­ety is chang­ing and be­com­ing more com­plex. Tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ments gen­er­ally out­pace the rate at which the ma­jor­ity of cit­i­zens are able to sync with. This cre­ates what is dubbed as the “digital di­vide” phe­nom­e­non, where the dig­i­tally lit­er­ate are able to reap the ben­e­fits of tech­nol­ogy in var­i­ous streams, from wider em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties to greater so­ci­etal en­gage­ment, while the less or non-dig­i­tally lit­er­ate, pay the price of ex­clu­sion or lack of full par­tic­i­pa­tion in so­ci­ety.

This Strate­gic Frame­work was put to­gether fol­low­ing a num­ber of work­shops con­ducted by a

so­ci­ol­o­gists, ex­perts in ICT, mass me­dia and digital in­clu­sion in un­der-priv­i­leged com­mu­ni­ties. The Strate­gic Frame­work for Ac­tions 2018-2022 puts the public at the cen­tre of each of its eight pri­or­i­ties hence, the author­ity is pleased to in­vite any­one who wishes, to con­trib­ute cross-ref­er­ence views or com­ments.

The MCA may up­date the Digital In­for­ma­tion So­ci­ety – A strate­gic frame­work for ac­tion 2018-2022 doc­u­ment, to re­flect the feed­back re­ceived. A fi­nal ver­sion of the eval­u­a­tion doc­u­ment will be made avail­able on the MCA’s web­site in Q3 of this year.

The Strate­gic Frame­work for Ac­tion 2018-2022 re­mains avail­able for con­sul­ta­tion un­til 25 June and can be ac­cessed via the fol­low­ing link­tent/dig­i­tal­in­for­ma­tion-so­ci­etys­trate­gic-frame­work-ac­tion-2018022. A set of guid­ing ques­tions can be found on page16. Feed­back can be sent to the MCA via an on­line form avail­able at­zoP, via email on or by post at Digital In­for­ma­tion So­ci­ety, Malta Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Author­ity, Val­letta Water­front, Pinto Wharf, Flo­ri­ana, FRN 1913

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