The International Conference on Technology for Participation and Accessible eGovernment Services opened today with a keynote on eGovernance and eAccessibility in Norway, held by State Secretary Wenche Lyngholm at the Ministry of Government Administration and Reform.
In her keynote, Lyngholm said that ICT policy is an important political focus area in Norway:
– ICT has brought enormous economic and social changes worldwide, and is the most important driver for economic growth. There is a need to strengthen the governments role as ICT coordinator.
She continued by focusing on the importance of participation for all:
– The ministry’s white paper on ICT is called «An Information Society For All», and we mean what we say. Everyone has to be included in the information society.
Later today Cynthia Waddell, Juris Doctor and Executive Director of the International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet, will talk about «Technology Crossroad – ICT Barriers or eInclusion?».
– eInclusion is paramount in the fast emerging Information Societies. Governments around the world are at a technology crossroad where their technology choices will determine whether or not everyone will be able to fully participate in society, Waddell said in a short interview.