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CIIT Debuts Savvy Citizens Website

The Chartered Institute for IT has expressed its concern over the results of a survey which has revealed that only 20 percent of British citizens are ‘information-savvy citizens’.

The institute, earlier known as British Computer Society (BCS) has also launched a website in an attempt to educate and inform the technologically-challenged citizens and convincing them to embrace information technology.

The website, savvycitizens.bcs.org, contains sections on wellness, security, citizenship and communication. Many sections of the website have been left empty and surfers are encouraged to write in them, voicing their own suggestions.

Elizabeth Sparrow, BCS president, said that all members of the society need to be made aware of the benefits of Information Technology and how it can used to improve their day-to-day lives. She also added that almost a third of the citizens failed to take even the most basic-level security precautions over the internet.

The survey has revealed that 70 percent of the internet users were aware about password security. It also revealed that 60 percent of Britons have used the on-demand video services whereas 15 percent of the people have published their own content on the internet using blogs and forums.

Researchers from BCS had apparently surveyed 500 UK citizens which were aged 18 to 65 plus and they claim that the survey was a demographically balanced one. Based on it findings, the BSC proclaims that the tech-savvy citizen is most likely to be male aged between 18-44 years.

Our Comments

Good initiative by the entity formerly known as the BCS and one which others should possibly try to emulate. On the other side, the data delivered by the BCS President are slightly worrying, especially when it comes to security.

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