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G3ict participates in the Launch of LUCY Digital Inclusion Initiative

The Next Generation Technology and e-Services for a Sustainable and Accessible Digital Inclusion

Lucy Digital Inclusion initiative was launched at Villa Erba on Lake Como, Italy
Digital Inclusion objective is to provide Internet access and related e-Services and e-Content to all people, regardless the age, economic resources, knowhow and abilities.
The objective of LUCY is to provide efficient and affordable access to ICT services to people who would not have access due to the costs involved in setting up such facilities by providing a Cloud based ICT infrastructure, which includes software applications, contents and services localized for all people and environment.
LUCY project pays special attention to vulnerable groups including women, children, youth, persons with disabilities and illiterate by ensuring that the ICT infrastructure to be deployed, the services and the content to be delivered in the Lucy platform are fully accessible and meet respective international standards and comply with universal design principles, and provide the services considering also the minority languages.
This initiative aims to localize and deploy the LUCY e-Inclusion platform which provides both social services, such as e-Education, e-Skills and e-Health, that are free for all Citizens, as well as minimal chargeable e-Commerce services, such as e-Payment and e-Microcredit, which are needed for ensuring Digital Inclusion sustainability and foster the local economic growth.

Inclusion and Cloud Computing:
As a metaphor for the Internet, the Cloud is a familiar concept, but when combined with computing, it defines a new approach to the usage of ICT resources, that may be accessed on demand through the Web, like we already do with the electricity grid. Apart from the technical features of this approach, its economical implications are relevant. Cloud computing users avoid capital expenditure on hardware, software licenses, and services when they may pay only for what they use. Consumption is usually billed on a utility (resources consumed, like electricity) or subscription (time-based, like a newspaper) basis with little or no upfront cost. Other benefits of this time sharing-style approach are low barriers to entry, shared infrastructure and costs, low management overhead, and immediate access to a broad range of applications and services.
LUCY technology adopts the Cloud Computing model in order to provide the opportunity of deploying localized e-Services without investing in infrastructure costs. We believe this is a very useful approach also because its flexibility and its suitability for starting operations in shorter time. Government may implement their e-Gov solution with this platform and eventually, after a first period of pilot usage, may decide to migrate it on their owned infrastructure without any kind of penalty.
The LUCY Digital Inclusion Platform:
This digital inclusion platform utilizes state-of-the-art ICT technology which fully complies with the Universal Design standards, full interoperability and technology Standards, consisting of the following main components:
  • An accessible internet browser, which is a plug-in to the most popular browsers. This plug-in provides several features for facilitating access for first time users as well users with disability. The plug-in allows users to automatically activate the Assistive Tools configured in the User Profile (in LUCY cloud) directly in any device with just a “click”.
  • A Global Internet Portal on Cloud Computing which manages User Access and Profile, general e-services and content in all areas and provides all Information and Communication Technologies. The LUCY Portal provides access to specific e-Services, such as e-Education, e-Health, e-Skills, e-Work and e-Commerce.
  • A Database of Open and Certified Contents grouped in several disciplines such as education, healthcare, skills, climate changes, etc.
  • MyLUCY, a sub-portal, which provides localized e-Services and content at Country level.

Conference Sponsors:
Comune di Como
Intesa Sanpaolo
Ipermercati Iper
Aubay Research and Technologies

Hotel Metropole & Suisse
Ad Arte

Project Institutional Partners: Cooperativa Sociale Sim-patia, Consorzio Servizi Sociali dell'Olgiatese, Dominic Foundation
Scientific Committee:
Regione Lombardia
Provincia di Como
Comune di Como
ITU – International Telecommunication Union
G3ict – Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs
LucyTech, Inc.
Microsoft (Worldwide)
Ministero dell’Innovazione Tecnologica
Poste Italiane Group

For more information about the event and the project, follow these links:

Programme agenda: http://www.sim-patia.it/eventi.php?layout=default&textSize=13&event=175

Presentations / speech: http://www.sim-patia.it/download-convegno-lucy.php

Event proceedings (video): http://www.sim-patia.it/progettoLucy.php?layout=default&textSize=13

Read Interview to Claudio Giugliemma, President and Founder of the Dominic Foundation and creator of the LUCY cloud-based platform: http://g3ict.org/resource_center/newsletter/news/p/id_250  

Contact: Email: info@dominic-foundation.org | Web: www.dominic-foundation.org