Tunisia/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates  

4.2.11 New technologies and digitalisation in the arts and culture

Cultural policy focuses on new technologies and digitization in the arts and culture, which is a tool for the promotion of cultural production nationally and abroad and to enable a new cultural production based on these technologies.

The promotion of new technologies was a strategic component of State development policy since the late 1990s, where many new investments created new capacities for Tunisia in information technology sector, with an extended infrastructure; the creation of the Ministry of Communications; the promotion of e-Government and e-commerce; and the provision of grants and financial support to make the Internet available to teachers, students, journalists, cultural centers, universities and research centers. In addition, Tunisia hosted the first World Summit in Information Technology in 2005.

The government's strategy has focused its efforts on integrating technologies of information and communication in all development plans for culture sector and it contained plans for converting   public libraries and documentation centers systems to digital ones, for the elaboration of a geographic information system mapping of cultural heritage mapping, and the introduction of digital technologies into the curricula of Arts and Architecture universities. In addition, there is a current trend towards the promotion of new technologies, in all the strategic cultural domains, including the introduction of digital media (digital TV and digital radio and newspapers) to youth, education, and research.

Chapter published: 05-05-2015