LankaNet embarked on a quest which saw it undertake a quantum leap in its mandate from being an e-mail and Internet service provider to an emerging force in the efforts to bridge the digital divide. By ensuring social empowerment the organization now seeks to bring the benefits of Information Technology to the Civil Society Organization and Under Previleges Groups in Sri Lanka.
Lankanet has identified two key areas in which the organization must operate in order to successfully undertake its mandate. Viewing from a broad perspective, these areas necessarily involve the following:
- IT Support
- Web and CMS solutions
The first programme area essentially seeks to put appropriate systems in place, and help create networked offices within the CSOs. The activities are designed mainly to create competent users, thereby minimizing downtime and also to ensure increased connectivity. It hopes to enhance in-house capacity in order to promote the cost effective use of IT. The objectives of this programme area also envision the creation of e-policy committees, thereby setting the stage for an e-policy to be established within the CSO framework. Furthermore, the activities seek to recognize institutions that should be viewed as role model institutions in terms of its use of IT.
The second programme area seeks to a create web presence and content management systems in CSOs that may not posses them, and to establish an online forum for effective sharing of knowledge.
Finally, LankaNet hopes to emerge from this proposal development process as a voluntary organization that communicates its vision to all stakeholders effectively and executes its activities efficiently.