PUBLIC ACCESS TO INFORMATION & ICTs PHASE II REPORT Turkey
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This report presents the research on public access to information and communication landscape in Turkey. During recent years, a significant effort is being made to improve the infrastructure and to enable the branches of the government to create a more successful society in Turkey. With support from the government, the State Planning Organization launched the 2006 eSociety action plan. Since then several strong initiatives have been taken to strengthen the existing venues and to find new ones that offer public access to information and ICT. With these new initiatives, the venues are now called Public Internet Access Centers (PIACs) in Turkey. The responsibilities for setting them up are given to various public organizations and therefore they are coming up in various forms. One major group of PIACs involves in both enhancements of existing Internet centers within public libraries and increasing their numbers. One group is being established by the local authorities. Yet a another group is planned to be part of already well spread Public Training Centers in Turkey. In addition to these, there are a few more focused groups such those in industrial zones or military barracks. When this report was written, almost half of 4500 planned PIACs was opened. Each of these venues aimed to respond effectively to the needs of the public to access information via ICT while providing basic training in ICT skills. There are various underserved groups in Turkey who would benefit directly from these venues. Some of these groups include the unemployed, women staying at home, and those with little or no formal education. This study aims to explore existing and prospective PIACs in Turkey and evaluates them in terms of their potential and effectiveness to serve the underserved better. The first part of 2 the report presents an overview, and the methodology used to collect data that makes up the core of the research. Following a general country assessment, the report offers detailed analysis of the each of the venues chosen. In the final part are the concluding remarks and further recommendations.
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