This “proposed” presidential candidates on ICT and Telecommunications

That the politics in Mexico is not a great level, but on the contrary, is no secret. If there is something we can confirm for this beginning of the campaigns towards the presidential election next July 1, is that much of what they say the candidate is on general topics and generally very down-to-earth. Sadly, so is also the case for the much-needed Technologies of Information and Communication (TICs), and the issue of telecommunications in general.

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So concluded the ITAM during the presentation of the Digital Agenda National 2018 (DNA), a project inter-institutional and interdisciplinary (which includes academia, business and civil society) to address the severe digital divide in Mexico and the constitutional mandate to connect to the Internet to the mexican population.

We are afraid to tell them that, while the elections should represent an opportunity for renewal projects and a push to consolidate progress, the outlook for Ict is basically devastating.

And is that, on the one hand, the manner and frequency with which the three major presidential candidates (Andrés Manuel López Obrador of the coalition, Together we Will make History, Ricardo Anaya of Mexico to the Front and Jose Antonio Meade of Mexico) not only is far below what it should be, but of what little to say, little or nothing has real application or respond to the real needs of connectivity and digital inclusion in Mexico.

“Any coalition-specific or how, or when, not how. These ideas are very vague, without landing. It is perceived a lot of neglect. The effort digital has been in the plans, discursive” said Ernesto Piedras, a scholar at ITAM and director of The Competitive Intelligence Unit (The-CIU), co-author of the report. The specialist explained further that the proposed collective is based on eight strategic axes –legality, infrastructure, funding, skills and other social – and are accompanied with 114 actions and commitments with the academy, industry and society.

These are the conclusions drawn by the candidate who obtained the ITAM in its report “Telecom and IT Agenda for Presidential Candidates”, along with a few graphics very illustrative. And, you know, the democracy we protect.

1. Andrés Manuel López Obrador / Together we Will make History (Brown-ST-Meeting Social)

In general, it is the candidate that has mentioned in public appearances issues related to Icts and Telecommunications, although their approach addresses only one of the axes and thematic proposals in numbers are considerably less on a quantitative analysis cons of their rivals. Addresses 4 of 15 categories.

2. Ricardo Anaya / By Mexico to The Front (PAN-PRD-Citizen’s Movement)

Your strategy has two main axes: the first is to address the root causes of the problem with prevention, the generation of opportunities for study and employment for young people, and the second has to do with reducing the crime rates with intelligence and technology. Has added 32 proposals in 13 of 15 categories.

3. José Antonio Meade / All for Mexico (PRI-PVEM-Nueva Alianza)

Deployment of infrastructure of the telecommunications sector. The presidential candidate said he will take that the telecommunications sector must invest to migrate to new technologies. It is the highest number of proposals submitted with 74, although many are continuity of programs already existing in the Government of Enrique Peña Nieto. Addresses 13 of 15 categories.

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