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Brazil's Answer to Digital Inclusion
brazzil.com (Gabriela Guerreiro)Aug 04 2004original
Posted by giovaAug 09 2004 - 12:00
The Brazilian government plans to install 6,000 computer centers around the country by the end of 2007. If this target is met, 18 million low-income Brazilians will have access to the Internet.
To save money Brazil will forgo Microsoft Windows and other
paid software and adopt instead free software like Linux.
By the end of next year, three million Brazilians who live in places rated low on the Human Development Index (HDI) will have access to computers, internet, and basic training courses in the informatics field.

The goal of the Brazilian Program of Digital Inclusion is to install a thousand telecenters throughout the country in 2005, each one capable of serving 2.5 thousand to 3 thousand people.

Each telecenter will be provided six computers linked together in a network, with instructors on hand to give informatics classes, in addition to various cultural and scientific activities intended for the community.

There are currently at least 300 telecenters in operation around the country, 108 of them in São Paulo alone. The federal government's idea is for the telecenters to congregate activities developed by various federal government Ministries and agencies.

"The telecenters will not only make access to the internet available. The idea is to have a model that involves the community, so that it can choose the activities," explained Sérgio Amadeu, President of the National Institute of Information Technology (ITI), tied to the Presidential Civilian Advisory Staff.

Amadeu believes that the digital inclusion program will make sure that the government attains its goal of installing 6,000 telecenters around the country by the end of 2007—as projected in the Pluriannual Investment Plan (PPA).

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