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Understanding the work of the Digital Inclusion Working Group

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A few weeks ago, we presented the Digital Appropriation Plan: a plan comprising 66 measures1, through which the Brussels Region commits to ensuring that its inhabitants take advantage of the opportunities offered by our digital world in terms of employment, education and empowerment! 
 
Over the next four years, the BRIC's Digital Inclusion Unit, which is overseeing this action plan, will have to ensure that the constantly evolving Brussels Smart City meets the expectations of those users currently most removed from this virtual world, by combining both humanity and efficiency. 
 
To this end, it was (and still is!) necessary to include a series of stakeholders from associations and the private and public sectors. This willingness to cooperate can be seen in the Working Group (WG) dedicated to digital inclusion. This WG brings together public stakeholders (Brussels-Training, Actiris, easy.brussels, perspective.brussels, Women In Tech, Social Brussels, the  Brussels French-speaking public service (SPFB) and others) and stakeholders in the field (CABAN, Passwerk, WeTechCare), as well as the academic sector and the business world (BNP Paribas Fortis), which demonstrates the interest in this subject for a large number of players. This WG meets around three times a year.  
 
How can the transversality between the different stakeholders be boosted in key measures of the ownership plan, such as equipping front-line stakeholders, creating a register of DPS funding and studying the use of IT in schools? This was the issue the Working Group discussed last week. It was also an opportunity to review the preparation and optimisation of the communication campaign planned by the Digital Inclusion Unit and the BRIC Communication Department.  

In addition to presenting the Digital Appropriation Plan and urging collaboration in its implementation, Digital Inclusion Coordination also announced the creation of sub-working groups focusing on specific themes: inclusive recommendations, studies and barometers, the DPS label, and communication and support for target audiences. 

This WG was also an opportunity to remind everyone that the Brussels Region has launched a "Digital Brussels" call for projects for the amount of 390,000 euros. Applications must be submitted to the King Baudouin Foundation by 1 April 2021 at the latest. The results of the selection process will be announced in June. 
 
1: click here (FR) and here (NL) to discover all the measures