About TDOC Project
The digital divide is an economic and social inequality that categorizes persons in a given population by their access to, use of, or knowledge of information and communication technologies (ICTs). The Taiwan Digital Opportunity Center (TDOC) Project, formerly known as APEC Digital Opportunity Center (ADOC) Project, aims to promote the models established through the ADOC Project from 2003 to 2014 in all Southeast Asian countries.
The ADOC Project, aspired to bridge digital divides and find digital opportunities for Asia-Pacific countries, shared Taiwan's successful experience and worked closely with local partners in five countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) – Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. A total of 67 computer class rooms were set up and 512,158 people were trained in ASEAN region.
To popularize the cooperation model in other Southeast Asian countries, the ADOC Project was transformed into TDOC Project in the beginning of 2015.
Brief Introduction of ADOC Project
The ADOC Project was first initiated in the 2003 APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting. The ADOC initiative utilized the advantages of Taiwan's information and communication industry and its experience in developing an e-society to help developing APEC member economies upgrade their information and communication technology (ICT) application capabilities and transform digital divides into digital opportunities.
The ADOC featured a wide involvement of private sector, including major ICT firms and non-profit organizations. Through close public-private partnership, the project formulated best practices for the APEC economies by synergizing various resources and strengthens of sponsors.
The ADOC Project cooperated with ten APEC partner member economies (hereinafter referred to as PMEs) to take concrete steps to address the digital divide issue. The ten member economies are Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Thailand, and Viet Nam. From 2004 to 2014, around 730,000 people received training and benefited from having access to digital knowledge. The results were well acclaimed by the APEC members and acknowledged in the 2014 APEC Leaders' Declaration.
The main objective of TDOC Project is to reduce digital divides by enabling people to overcome limitations of age, gender, health, or social or educational background, so that digitalization can benefit anyone and anything at anytime, anywhere.
The Way Forward
The level of ICT development for each partner country is closely related to its overall competitiveness and has a positive effect in terms of creating job opportunities, realizing inclusive growth, and promoting balanced socioeconomic development. The TDOC Secretariat continues running to working to transform the digital divide into digital opportunities and all the projects are ongoing. Please continue supporting the TDOC Project and its activities.