What is the Get Online Week?
The European Get Online Week (GOW) is an annual campaign to engage people to use technology and the Internet with confidence and skills that allow them to benefit from the world of online opportunities. Supported by corporations, NGOs & public authorities, the campaign is organized each year in March by Telecentre Europe (TE), an umbrella organisation that represents digital leaders in 32 European countries.
This year GOW takes place in 26 countries across Europe during 27th March - 2nd April. 26 national organisations with their 4,000 partners join efforts to engage over 70,000 Europeans in training and awareness raising activities.
In 2017, Get Online Week challenges Europeans to learn, participate, share and create through thousands of events and activities tackling the digital transformation and its effects. People and skills, not technology, are the most important pieces in the digital transformation puzzle. The digital divide produces anxiety, uncertainty and insecurity regarding the future. Rather than resisting the digital transformation, people and organizations must prepare immediately and strategically for a skillset that will perpetually change and evolve.
The campaign activities, trainings, and events will address the following themes:
- Cybersecurity: use technology and the internet safely, manage your (digital) identity
- eServices: learn to keep up with eServices (eGovernment, eBanking, eHealth, eCommerce)
- Employment and entrepreneurship: learn new skills for jobs and for starting businesses
Read an overview of the GOW17 campaign to learn which activities are organised in different countries.