Get Online Day 2009

Yesterday, the 23rd was Get Online Day (although the campaign runs from the 19th to 31 October).

Its aim is to help people who are not online to try computers and the internet at their own pace.  However, it’s not all about beginners; if you have the experience then you’re encouraged to “Pass IT on” to friends and family.  The “Pass IT on” home page has helpful resources including a fun personality test.

Locally, Finance Minister Sammy Wilson speaking at an event in Ormeau Library as part of this nationwide campaign said:

“The Delivery and Innovation Division within my Department has joined forces with the University for Industry (UFI) to run this excellent digital inclusion initiative, allowing people to step into the virtual world and discover what the internet has to offer.

This includes a series of sessions called ‘Internet Made Easy’ being held in libraries across Northern Ireland in October to offer citizens the chance to learn how to use the internet and a range of interactive services.  (Visit http://www.ni-libraries.net/ to find your local library)

Acknowledging the reality for many, Mr Wilson said:

“There are still many communities and individuals across Northern Ireland who feel digitally excluded. These sessions aim to help communities to overcome any barriers to technology and show residents how to take advantage of the wealth of opportunities digital technology and the Internet has to offer. For example, the new government website www.nidirect.gov.uk makes accessing government services and information easier.

In conclusion, Mr Wilson said:

“Digital technology can be used to boost individuals’ employability and to transform people’s access to learning and ICT in everyday life and work, so I would encourage citizens to get involved and take part in the Get Online campaign.”

Get Online Day has been promoted widely by the government’s digital champion, Martha Lane Fox, in various social media spaces including her twitter account.

Further Reading:

Quotes taken from:  22 October 2009 – Wilson encourages citizens to get online

Useful Resources: nidirect – Today is Get Online Day

22 October 2009 – Wilson encourages citizens to get online