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WSIS Stocktaking

Success Stories 2012

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This year’s case studies were selected through a contest of WSIS Project Prizes 2012, open to all stakeholders from submission to voting and served as the basis for WSIS Stocktaking 2012: Success Stories. The announcement of WSIS Project Prizes came in response to requests from participants at the WSIS Forum 2011 for a mechanism to evaluate and reward stakeholders for the success of their efforts in implementing development-oriented strategies that leverage the power of information and communication technologies. The new WSIS Project Prizes is now an integral part of the WSIS Stocktaking Process established in 2004. Prior to the identification of the winners, the WSIS Project Prizes 2012 contest went through several phases, namely, submission and appreciation. The contest had a multi-stakeholder character involving the participation of governments, international organizations, civil society, private sector and others.The 2012 success stories are in accordance with the mandate of the WSIS Stocktaking set in paragraph 120 of the Tunis Agenda on the Information Society and the Resolution 2011/16 on “Assessment of the progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society” which encouraged all stakeholders to continue contributing to the WSIS Stocktaking database.

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Capacity building: Digital Poland of Equal Opportunitie(Poland)

Out of 38 million Poles, 10 million adults aged 50 and over have never used the Internet. It is a huge social and economic problem for Poland. Research conducted in recent years has shown that contrary to popular opinion in Poland, the primary challenge for adults Poles are the mental barriers which prohibit them from making the first step into the Internet. In order to change the status quo, it was necessary to employ a new, specific approach towards adult Poles in guiding them towards the digital world. Based on conclusions drawn from research and experiments conducted by experts in the field, a social campaign under the banner “Digital Poland of Equal Opportunities” (PCRS) was initiated. Towards the end of last year it was reshaped into a nationwide digital literacy project realized in partnership between the Ministry Administration and Digitization and Cities “On Internet Association”

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