WSIS Prizes Contest 2019 Nominee

San Luis, a government with a strong commitment to public ICT policies


20 years of public investment in ICT

Description

The strategic vision regarding the scientific and technological revolution that has changed the lives of everyone around the world has been strongly expressed in San Luis, where, since 2010, the Government has provided free connectivity in all cities and towns of its territory (76,748 km²), and from 2011 onwards, the right to Digital Inclusion was included in its Constitution.
During the last two decades, the government of San Luis generated and improved its technological infrastructure and established regulations to improve free access to broadband communication services for all its inhabitants.
The provincial administration (the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches) was digitized, helping municipal administrations to achieve the same objective.
By means of different plans, it reached every household with -at least- one device. During 2008 the purchase value of computers or network devices was taken as a tax credit to pay taxes. Since 2009, the "All Kids on the Net" plan provides public and private elementary school students and their teachers with devices, computers and now tablets. During this year they also delivered 122,500 tablets to retirees and pensioners, children in the 1st and 2nd grade, beneficiaries of various social plans, teachers and administrators, health workers and police officers. San Luis has a population of 450,000.
The free distribution of a smart card with NFC technology that allows San Luis residents to digitally sign with PKI from mobile devices enables interaction between people, businesses and government.
Children, young people, adults and senior citizens were trained in the use of different applications, which has ensured that Internet penetration is increasing and now exceeds 95%.

Project website

http://sanluis3punto0.sanluis.gov.ar/


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Action lines related to this project
  • AL C1. The role of governments and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development 2019
  • AL C2. Information and communication infrastructure
Sustainable development goals related to this project
  • Goal 1: No poverty
  • Goal 3: Good health and well-being
  • Goal 4: Quality education
  • Goal 5: Gender equality
  • Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth
  • Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities
  • Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production
  • Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

Coverage
  • San Luis, Argentina

Status

Ongoing

Start date

1997

End date

Not set


Target beneficiary group(s)
  • Youth
  • Older persons
  • Women
  • Indigenous and nomadic peoples
  • People with disabilities
  • The unemployed
  • The poor
  • Migrants
  • Refugees and internally displaced people
  • Remote and rural communities
  • the entire population

Replicability

The development and success of this initiative in San Luis is the result of the political decision to invest heavily, during the last 20 years, in infrastructure, connectivity, and in facilitating access to devices for the population, as well as training. This initiative is replicable successfully only in this context.


Sustainability

Digital Inclusion as a Fundamental Human Right, a commitment assumed by the Government of San Luis and embodied in the Provincial Constitution in 2011, guarantees the continued investment of public resources towards a more inclusive, digitized and innovative society.


WSIS values promotion

The government of San Luis promotes strong policies against the fight against poverty, the strengthening of digital inclusion, gender equality, care for the environment, among others, through multiple initiatives and public policies. The development of a connectivity infrastructure, with a fiber optic network of more than 3,260 kilometers that allows free connectivity of the entire population throughout the territory, the delivery of devices, the development of digital platforms and ICT training they contribute strongly in these purposes. States that invest in ICT and develop development police improve the quality of life of the population. To date, those who have gained the most were those who could access the digital world.


Entity name

San Luis government

Entity country—type

Argentina Government

Entity website

http://www.sanluis.gov.ar