The authorities of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug will create 23 new IT camps in 2021, which is a third more than in 2020, and for the first time since the implementation of the project such a number within a year, TASS reports. These facilities will provide the Internet for more than 60 per cent of the indigenous peoples of the North living in the region.
It is noted that Ugra is the only region in Russia where IT camps are created on the ancestral lands of indigenous peoples since access to communication facilities is quite difficult there. This allows nomadic residents and traditional traders to go online and access government and municipal services.
According to Pavel Tsiporin, the director of the Department of Information Technology and Digital Development of Ugra, new IT camps will appear in the Surgut, Nizhnevartovsk, Nefteyugansk, Khanty-Mansiysk, Berezovsky, and Beloyarsk regions.
According to Tsiporin, in 2021, thanks to IT camps, it is planned to provide more than 700 representatives of the indigenous peoples with access to the Internet. He mentioned it is planned that the total number of representatives of the indigenous small-numbered peoples of the North who have access to the Internet in the remote territories of Ugra will reach 2.9 thousand people by the end of 2021.