A detailed list of the government’s 18 measures in support of the digital economy
Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault announced 18 flagship measures to boost the digital economy in France. On the agenda: education, competitiveness, and fiscality.
Following the intergovernmental meeting on the digital economy recently held in Gennevilliers, France, Prime Minister Ayrault announced the government’s five-year roadmap. A new meeting will be organized in 2014 to re-evaluate the progress achieved through the measures taken. Mr. Ayrault announced these 18 measures:
Promote digital resources in schools
The goal of the government is that, in five years’ time, all students graduating from the school system will be familiar with digital tools and resources, will have been educated about information and the media, and will be more aware of the historical, cultural, artistic, and social issues involved in the technological evolution of society and the economy.
Expand digital resource training for 150,000 teachers over two years
The goal of the government is to have all new teachers trained “in” and “by” digital resources throughout their professional education, starting with the 2013 academic year. The government also aims to supplement the ongoing training of undergraduate and masters-level teaching staff with regard to the contributions of digital resources to their teaching practices.
Launch the France Universités Numériques project
The government wants to significantly increase the availability of digital education and the number of French people taking courses in this field. The government also aims to use digital resources to improve teaching practices and to improve the ongoing training aspect of higher education.
Support training programs for digital professions
The goal of the government is to use training programs for digital professions as the driving force behind the digital transformation of society.
Make digital technology an opportunity for low-skilled young people
Create opportunities for low- and unskilled young people to benefit from the growth and demands of the digital economy.
Create digital districts
The goal of the government is to promote international recognition of France’s digital sector by bringing together scattered actors and structures, whose excellence is vastly under-recognized. It also aims to stimulate the development of France’s digital sector as a strategic move in support of France’s economic and productive recovery. This sector already accounts for almost one million jobs and one-quarter of growth in France.
Provide up to 150 million Euros in financing for technology
The government intends to prioritize certain types of technologies in this regard: smart and networked technologies, embedded software, intensive computing technology, cloud computing, big data, and information security systems.
Provide financing for digitalization of SMEs, thanks to 300 million Euros in subsidized loans
The goal of the government is to encourage SMEs to take advantage of digital resources and to encourage adapted services to be offered. The government also wants to further develop the digitalization of very small companies, particularly towards e-commerce services.
Supply very high-speed networking to the entire population within 10 years
In accordance with the 4th commitment included in the program issued by the President of the Republic, the goal of the government is to make very high-speed networking available to 100% of the population of France by 2022.
Develop Digital Public Spaces to facilitate access to digital resources
The goal of the government is to turn these areas into spaces where people can find advice and practical tools and resources. Local communities, who finance these spaces, will be responsible for adapting these spaces to their region’s needs.
Structure certification programs focused on the use of digital resources for job seekers and for workers with less education
The goal of the government is to facilitate the validation of digital resource skills. Distance education will also be facilitated.
Re-establish fiscal sovereignty
The government wants to re-establish France’s fiscal sovereignty by adapting its financial regulations to prevent international players in the digital sector from circumventing them.
Pass a law protecting digital rights and freedoms
The goal of the government is to support digital liberties and trust.
Promote the digitization of cultural heritage
The goal of the government is to continue to support efforts to digitize France’s cultural heritage in order to make this heritage more accessible in the digital universe. The government also intends to implement new economic models, particularly those that respect compensation for creators.
Use open public data as a means of modernizing public policy
The government intends to open public data as a means of modernizing public policy and in support of a dynamic economy.
Restructure national strategies regarding digital identities
The goal of the government is to define an ecosystem of trusted solutions for users. These solutions will be relevant to the different uses involved, protective of personal data, and supportive of France sovereignty.
Create digital care areas and modernize the supply of care by mobilizing digital technologies
The goal of the government is to provide support beyond the Digital Hospital program, the development of innovative, global projects bringing together patients and all of the actors involved in the continuum of care. This development is a prerequisite for general success across the entire territory.
Implement controls on exports of Internet surveillance technology
The goal of the government is to include Internet surveillance and control technologies in the list of dual-use goods, the exportation of which is subject to licensing.
(Source : JDN)