IFIP’s International Professional Practice Partnership (IP3) has begun 2017 with a long list of projects aimed at raising professional standards for ICT professionals, informing and addressing international skills shortages and improving access to education.

After closing out the year with an intensive planning meeting in Sydney Australia, where the IP3 Board announced its IFIP Duty of Care for Everything Digital (iDOCED) initiative, IP3 plans to build on this announcement by expanding its footprint.

The iDOCED seeks to raise awareness of what users can and should do to protect themselves in today’s digitally-connected world, and to highlight the need for companies to act responsibly and ethically in the development and implementation of commercial products and services.

This year will also see IP3 progress projects to promote ICT Certification, encourage STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) education in developing nations and improve gender equality. It also plans to update its highly successful 2020 Skills Report developed for IP3 by the Global Industry Council.

As part of plans to grow awareness of the IP3 partnership, IP3 Chairman Brenda Aynsley wants to meet with key decision-makers from IFIP’s member societies to talk about IP3’s various initiatives and identify opportunities for collaboration.

“I’ll be in Europe for an extended period from early June to the end of July this year and will be available to meet with European and UK member societies. I’ll be sending out personal invitations via the IFIP Secretariat very soon,” she said.

Ms Aynsley also hopes to meet with IFIP’s Asian member societies when she visits Sri Lanka in September for the IFIP General Assembly and welcomes expressions of interest from leading members of this region’s professional societies.

To arrange an appointment please contact her at baynsley@ipthree.org