APEC Digital Opportunity Center
The APEC Digital Opportunity Center
(ADOC) project strives to bridge the digital divide in the APEC region, ensuring that individuals can benefit from the digital world regardless of any age, gender, health, social or educational limitations. Since its founding in August 2004, ADOC has made great strides towards achieving this goal, setting up dozens of ADOC centers and training hundreds of thousands of people in the APEC region.
Taiwan has been instrumental in the success of the ADOC initiative. It first proposed the idea at the 11th APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in 2003 as an ECOTECH initiative. Given Taiwan's globally renowned capabilities in information and communications technology (ICT), it is naturally well placed to help others succeed in this field.
Accomplishments to Date
Since August 2004, ADOC has been effectively fulfilling its goals of increasing Internet access, enhancing opportunities, and transforming digital divides into digital opportunities. Between August 2004 and May 2013, 447,326 people received ADOC training, of which 49.6% (221,789) were female. Also, ADOC has created education opportunities for women and the number of female trainees increased from 16% in 2005 to 53% in 2012.
- As of 2012, 101 centers have been established in 10 APEC partner economies with 28 in Latin America and 72 in Asia. Among them, 11 Mobile Centers operate in Chile, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand. There are three centers for the visually and physically impaired with one each in Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand.
- As the digital divide is much more pronounced for women and children, ADOC has been working specifically on narrowing the gap in terms of gender (around 49.6% of the trainees are female) and age (25% of the trainees are children under 15 years old).
- The digital divide occurs at different levels: Between “the technology haves and have-nots, doers and do-nots, and knowers and know-nots.” That is why improving the access to ICT facilities is the basis for bridging the digital divide. Since 2005, the ADOC project has donated over 2,500 personal computers and notebooks as well as computer peripherals.
- ADOC has conducted Trainers’ Training programs since 2005, and more than 1,800 trainers have been trained to reach rural areas better and to enhance the training capacity of the centers. These trainers are an important asset of the ADOC project.