The proliferation of digital technologies and the Internet are associated with a digitally-enabled society, with evolving cultural, economic and technical constructs that have characterised amazing change in recent decades. We are in the midst of a continued digital revolution in the way we interact with each other, conduct business, manufacture goods, deliver services, live, work, and spend our spare time. New forms of technologies, such as the prospects of 5G, the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain are to become a reality in the not too distant future. This is the new gigabit society, where massive amounts of data will be generated, consumed and communicated through high speed connectivity channels. Being very much aware of these developments, the MCA aims for a digitally inclusive society where the benefits of digital technology will be felt by society at large, irrespective of the level of social stratification a person is in. Notwithstanding this dynamic scenario, the use of some of the more advanced digital services remains below that of European leaders. The MCA therefore needs to increase its efforts to promote the benefits that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) offer, looking beyond technology itself and working towards establishing an advanced information society (IS).
In so doing, one must remain mindful of the digital inequalities and challenges in the various fields of ICT which continue to develop and impact our daily lives. To address these digital divides in the Maltese society, the MCA conducts regular research to establish the nature of skills gaps which are proactively addressed by the development of a number of initiatives that the MCA carries out.
The MCA will be launching the project “Saħħti Onlajn” in September. This training will consist of a one-time session aimed at demonstrating the benefits of using the myHealth portal.
The BeSmartOnline! project concerts the efforts of national stakeholders working towards the safer use of the internet by children and youths.
The concept of the DIGINV (DIGigital INVasions for the Promotion of Cultural Heritage) project is to valorize cultural interest and practices by engaging citizens, cultural institutions and using technology as a catalyst. In the end, citizens engage and experience culture in a new way.
As from January 2016, the Malta Communications Authority (MCA) has been recognised as the National eSafety Label Administrator in Malta.
Following the positive feedback received from all centres in relation to the ‘Leħen Diġitali’ sessions, the Parliamentary Secretariat for Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Ageing and the MCA, developed a new training programme, targeting senior citizens.
The Women 4 IT project kicks off aiming to provide innovative solutions to increase the number of girls and young women in the digital economy in seven European countries.