Main ContentDistrict Cyber Centres Scheme
The District Cyber Centres (DCC) Scheme aims to narrow the digital divide by enabling needy members of the community to access and use information technology and online services to help them integrate into the information society. It provides computer facilities, Internet connectivity and technical support to the needy residents through affiliated district cyber centres located across the territories for them to gain access to the rich pool of information and services in the cyber space.
The DCC scheme is built on a tripartite partnership among non-governmental organisations (NGOs), the business community and the Government. It seeks to enhance the capacity and sustainable development of district based computer centres operated by NGOs in different districts by forming an allied support network amongst them. The scheme also helps attract and coordinate donation and support from the commercial sector. A DCC Alliance (DCCA), comprising the Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited, the Hong Kong Council of Social Service and the Internet Professional Association, was formed to jointly implement the scheme.
The DCC scheme was launched as a pilot in December 2008 and extended to full operation starting from April 2010. There are currently 57 affiliated district cyber centres participating in the DCC scheme, spreading around the whole territories. The scheme has been very effective in enabling the participating centres to sustain their operations and develop their services, and made it much easier for commercial donors to provide support to these centres.
In end 2011, the DCCA entrusted Information Technology Resource Centre (ITRC) of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service to take over the full operation of the Scheme starting from April 2012 on a self-financing basis. ITRC continues to administer the network of cyber centres, co-ordinate the sourcing of non-government sponsorship, and maintain value-added services for the centres and refine these services in line with the technological development and needs of the centres.