To facilitate access to digital services for vulnerable people and citizens over 65 not really accustomed to handling smartphones or personal computers, the Abruzzo Region joins the experimental pilot project “Digitalmentis”, promoted by the Ministry of Business and Made in Italy to reduce the generational digital divide which risks slowing down the country’s growth process. Along with Abruzzo, eight other regions have signed up to a project which has a financial allocation of 3.9 million euros.
The idea is to create initiatives to increase the digital skills of adult consumers who have only had sporadic and fleeting contact with the digital world in their professional lives and beyond. These are in particular citizens over 65, but the pilot project also looks at vulnerable people with physical and social and economic inclusion problems.
“The recovery of digital skills for an important part of citizens is a pressing issue that requires ad hoc interventions – comments the Councilor for Economic Development Daniele D’Amario -. Hence the adhesion to the initiative of the Ministry of Business, which aims above all to make the relationship between citizens and public administration easier. A population in possession of digital skills has the opportunity to access the digital services of the public administration more easily, thus explaining the rights of citizenship and belonging to a community”.
The sum of 270 thousand euros was assigned to Abruzzo for the realization of the project. The project will be implemented by consumer associations registered in the regional list through the digital help desks/points for the consumer where digital operators accompany the elderly and frail people in the use of digital services, offering assistance