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The island’s system of Youth Computing Clubs (JCC) is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, with the commitment to implement new communications programs and strategies focused on Cuban families. Photo: Otmaro Rodríguez

Promoting the use of information and communications technologies is a priority for Cuba. Various activities are taking place around the country to bring technology closer to citizens and involve them in the process of the computerization of society.

Speaking during a press conference, officials from the Ministry of Communications offered details of the events taking place as part of this strategy.

The island’s system of Youth Computing Clubs (JCC) is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, with the commitment to implement new communications programs and strategies focused on Cuban families.

The celebrations held September 5 through 8th, have included workshops, forums, debates, and varied activities in the more than 600 Youth Computing Clubs in the country.

The JCC is also working to continue improving important services such as Ecured, Cuba’s free online encyclopedia, which offers universal knowledge and sees more than 250,000 hits per day.

Meanwhile, efforts are ongoing to make the “Mochila” (offering audiovisual and digital materials and applications) more attractive, a cultural product offering entertainment for all ages, which functions like a nontraditional television channel, in that users can create their own programming.

This initiative joins the “Plataforma Reflejos” using the .cu domain, a space for Cuban bloggers to share opinions, interests, and needs in text format, images and videos.

Alongside the JCC, the Ministry of Communications is encouraging participation in the seventh edition of Caliprot 2017, an event relating to communications, postal services and information technologies that will take place in Havana October 31 through November 3.

Professionals, specialists, researchers, teachers and students from the public, academic, business and non-state sectors, will be able to participate in the event, that has as its theme “Citizens and ICT for sustainable development.”

Among the topics to be discussed are e-government and citizen participation, e-commerce and digital citizenship, the simplification and integration of procedures and services, among others, to boost technological development in the country.

November will also see the Fifth Havana Digital Television Forum, FITVD 2017, running from the 6th through to the 8th.

Organized by the Telecommunications Research and Development Institute, Lacetel, the themes of the event will focus on digital TV transmission and coding standards, software solutions, interactivity and value-added services, transmission and reception systems, and the current state of digital TV in Cuba, among others.

Ensuring access to the Internet remains a challenge, but is essential to the development of Cuban society under current conditions. Until the end of the year, these and other events will help to strengthen this field across the country, offering Cubans opportunities to actively participate in the transformations underway.