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The Austrian Internet Declaration

1.

Background

Leading representatives of the Austrian Information and communication industry have on the 9th February 2010 transferred the Austrian Internet Declaration  to the federal government. Federal Finance Minister Josef Pröll and Werner Faymann took the developed ICT strategy forward. Previously, the Council of Ministers, the establishment of the "Center of Excellence internet company" has decided to coordinate on the basis of the results presented Internet Offensive Austria activities and actions of the ICT policy.

The  released document is a joint declaration of intent from politics, business, government and academia on the main issues around information and communication technologies (ICTs). It describes the socio-political objectives and actions to improve Austria's position in international ICT rankings and thus contributing to attainment of the objectives of the internet campaign. At the same time it is to make ICT to strengthen public perceived issue.

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The policy goals

ICT in Austria
A significant part of the domestic economic growth is based on information and communication technologies. Austria as an industrial nation has a strong service sector. Because of the very positive effects of ICT on the productivity of all sectors that benefited the entire economy. One aim of government is Austria's leading position in the long term ICT nations. These are necessary to ensure that Austria in the next few years in internationally significant catching up the leading group. Despite Austria occupied places in the relevant indices in the upper middle, the distance to the leading nations such as Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland significantly. Among others in the field of "ICT infrastructure", "e-inclusion" innovation, research and development "urgent need to catch up so far. In particular, the demand for broadband access is far behind the bid and needs to be increased. The use of computers and the internet drops significantly with increasing age and lower education levels, creating a digital divide. This is by promoting the respective population groups are counteracted. Finally, it must be strengthened, the Austrian innovation system by incorporating national and international companies and their research departments. A global leader in the Austrian research must be pursued and achieved a research quota of 3% of gross national product.

Usefulness and importance of ICT

In recent years, the information and communication technologies more quickly evolve their advance to the mass markets of the information society and the media continues unabated. This development only became widespread fast communications, connecting many different devices. The creation of new content, services and business models will lead to more growth and jobs, but also to increased worldwide competition, as the impact of digital convergence will be felt globally.

Objectives of the internet offensive

The "Internet campaign Austria" to the four following goals:

  • Austria put into the international Topranking ICT countries,
  • the private use of broadband is currently about 58% of all households to increase massively,
  • Internet as a chance to build for all: reducing generationenmäßige or social barriers and
  • a first-class research base for creating ICT in Austria.

Development Process

Under the patronage of Federal Chancellor, retired, Dr Alfred Gusenbauer, Vice Chancellor and retired, Wilhelm Molterer, launched in March 2008, the "Internet campaign Austria" - a shoulder to shoulder all ICT stakeholders from business, interest groups, academic institutions and other organizations. Together they had agreed to establish the foundation of an ICT strategy for Austria: the "Austrian internet Declaration". The preparation of inputs for the declaration was made on both the Internet platform as well http://www.internetoffensive.at in six working groups which meets regularly. A total of about 400 experts were involved in the development of the Internet declaration.

The declaration identifies seven key priority action areas, the so-called "living areas":

  • Education and Generations
  • Health and Social Services
  • Culture and media
  • Safety and Consumer Protection
  • Economy, infrastructure and e-government, and
  • Science and Research
  • Green IT

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The policy document

 Österreichische Internetdeklaration

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The gender dimension

The Austrian approach has a focus on inclusion in general not specifically highlighting or focussing on gender issues.

 

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