Digital Arabia Program
An holistic public digital program to be established in a city level
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Target groups

Change makers and Public sector officials

Observation

To think of a digital future it is important to take into account the right elements that make sure that such a future can be fostered. If these elements are not clear to the population and the official agents, it is unlikely that the change will happen in a productive and empowering way. This is the main concern, and therefore, the focus of this idea.

Conclusion

In order to envision a digital future, it is important to understand it as a systematic change where the citizen is empowered with the right infrastructure, communication, skills and tools to be an active agent of change.

Solution

Holistic digital program to accomplish a digital future based on 4 main levels: infrastructure (free wifi and equipments in public institutions), appropriation (building digital skills especially to minorities), communication (create content to unveil hidden realities of these minorities and how tech is changing their lives), and innovation (create the right digital solutions where citizens can interact and can be empowered to make change within cities).

Key Problem

The key problem is trying to envision a digital future, but lacking the right elements to start planning it holistically.

Which field and which area?

The general field of the problem is building a digital community, as well as empowering the citizen for smart cities and digital public services, and it could be applied to the whole region.

Effects of the problem

If the core elements to form the base for the development of a digital future are not present and well-structured, there is a risk of even positive changes towards a digitalization not being effective. This would result in a waste of resources, frustration, and other issues.

Solution

This holistic program should be organized by official institutions, in partnership with companies and society in general. Infrastructure requires an investment in equipment; Appropriation relies on the population to take part, learning and teaching digital skills; Communication needs professional and amateur journalists to engage in showcasing relevant stories; Innovation is where meaningful solutions can be delivered to the population, driving a sustainable shift towards a digital future.