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[liberationtech] New report: "Under the Radar: The Contribution of Civil Society and Third Sector Organisations to eInclusion"

alex alex.hache at
Thu Jul 14 00:44:33 PDT 2011

Dear all

I send to your attention this report I have just finished for DG
Information Society (European Commission) regarding what is the third
sector and how civil society and third sector organizations are
contributing to eInclusion, social inclusion with ICT but also to the
development of ICT. If you do enjoy it and find it interesting please
spread it inside your networks and if you have any question, feed back
comments, don't doubt in contacting me.

Meanwhile take care

Alexandra Haché

*Under the Radar: The Contribution of Civil Society and Third Sector
Organisations to eInclusion:*

DG Information Society and Media, Unit H3 (ICT for Inclusion) asked the
Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS)3 to carry out
specific research work to support the implementation of the eInclusion
goals and the more recent Digital Agenda for Europe goals on digital
literacy, skills and Inclusion.

With a view to understanding better how EU-third sector synergies could
be strengthened in favour of the eInclusion process and given the
scarcity of data available about the structure, characteristics, needs
and challenges of civil society and Third Sector Organisations, JRC-IPTS
carried out the exploratory research on which this report is based to
shed some light on the above questions. 

The study starts by analysing the European policy framework for the
third sector, and clarifies the nature and specificities of the civil
society and Third Sector Organisations (TSO) activities and their
contribution to social innovation. It analyses TSOs' contribution to
eInclusion objectives and makes an attempt to classify the different
types of TSO from this perspective, providing many inspiring examples of
TSO actions. Finally, it proposes some policy options to support and
further develop the role this sector plays in achieving eInclusion
goals, in the light of the recent Digital Agenda for Europe.

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