The Cities On Internet Association (COI) A nongovernmental organization tasked with bridging the gap between public entities, IT companies and the research community, focused on digital literacy, e-government, e-inclusion, the Information Society and the knowledge-based economy.
In recent yeears COI focuses prominently on the digital literacy training of adults. The organization has 3 permanent locations in Poland, with a number of regional project offices in most of the regions. COI actively co-operates with the Ministry of Administration and Digitization and with the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.
Since 1999, COI acts as a Branch Contact Point for Research Programmes of the EU, and coordinates the e-inclusion platform which is tasked with combating the “digital divide”. Since 2007, COI experts act within the network of the National Contact Points for the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Proramme ICT component. Since 2011, COI coordinates the National Digital Literacy Programme, the largest endeavor of its kind in Europe, ultimately targeting 60.000 adults.
» Polish “Lighthouse Keepers” focus on locality & mental barriers to bring the 50+ online
» Generation 50+. Convincing them to go digital.
The Information Society Development Foundation (FRSI) is a non-governmental organization established in 2008 by the Polish-American Freedom Foundation. FRSI’s objective is to support and promote the development of an information society with a very well developed services sector, high education standards, broad and inexpensive Internet access, public access to information, and the ability to exchange data irrespective of the distance.
FRSI conducts activities to increase access of citizens, institutions and organizations to Internet-based information and communication technologies and strives to popularize the knowledge of the benefits of using those technologies in citizens’ life.
FRSI carries out modernization projects aimed at involving the inhabitants of Polish villages and small towns in the main course of social and economic life and making it easier for them to gain access to information, knowledge and culture.
The key project is the five-year (2009 – 2014) Library Development Program. The FRSI is implementing the Library Development Program to help Poland’s public libraries provide access to computers, the Internet, and training. The Library Development Program in Poland is a result of the partnership between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Polish-American Freedom Foundation. The program involves more than 3.300 libraries from more than 1.100 communes.
The Foundation Supporting Physically Disabled Mathematicians and IT Specialists has been specialized in empowering physically disabled people using ICT tools for 20 years.
They operate mostly in the cities of Warsaw, Opole and Białystok. They have established a network of 404 e-Centres – Public internet Access Points that serve local communities as well as the disabled in villages in Poland.
They also facilitate services for the disabled including an e-learning platform, miscellaneous counseling and employment services using IT tools. The Foundation trains people with disabilities in IT skills, including computer graphics, database management, web design, implementation of CRM solutions, software support for Office, ECDL etc.
Continue reading »