January 29, 2016 11:42 am
Digital champions are ambassadors for the digital agenda for Europe who are appointed by their member states to help them to promote the benefits of inclusive digital societies. This concept has been initiated in February 2012 by President Barroso and Vice-president Kroes.
Digital Champions have different profiles: some work for government authorities or public bodies such as national libraries; others are entrepreneurs, academics or representatives of civil society. Each state defines its own champion’s role, but one can say that they all seek to reach the same goal, that consists of promoting digital inclusion, e-government, ICT education, digital skills, entrepreneurship, and to put it short, the use of information and communication technologies to connect people, policies, sectors etc.
The IATE term of this week, that is “Digital Champions”, has been choosen to highlight the request made by them during the last meeting in October 2015 about improving European Digital skills, to get to a successful Digital Single Market (DSM) in EU on one hand, and to draw attention on the up-coming meeting of this year on the other hand. As this year is the most important year for the delivery of the DSM proposals, and they are therefore invited to give their constructive and critical input to the public consultations, as well as the upcoming digital policy files, such as ecommerce, platforms, copyright, AVMSD, eGovernment, geoblocking, etc. by February 2016.
- European Commission. 2016. Digital Agenda for Europe. [ONLINE] Available at: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/about-digital-champions. [Accessed 26 January]
- Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Champions
Written by Chekoue Yimbou Carine
Study visitor at TermCoord
University of Luxembourg
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