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Digital and Social Inclusion

One of the missions of the .PT is to contribute to the promotion of the internet and digital skills in Portugal. With the challenge, launched in 2018, of supporting the governmental initiative INCoDe.2030, an important public policy dedicated to strengthening digital skills, the .PT has been extending the support to projects in this area.


Sitestar.pt is a contest that aims to challenge young Portuguese students to develop original websites with content in Portuguese and under the .pt domain. The contest was born from a partnership with DECO Jovem, meanwhile extended to other partners: ANPRI; DGE, IGAC, INPI, Plano Nacional de Leitura e Direção-Geral do Consumidor.

Sitestar.pt is aimed at young people between 14 and 18 years, privileging the school context as a motivating element for the participation of students and teachers. Students, with a teacher, can compete to develop websites under the following categories: More Digital School, Make a Difference and Young People with Talent. In the first phase of the contest will be approved the best proposals of websites. To these proposals will be given a .pt domain, a website development tool and hosting and e-mail boxes, that is, a 3em1.pt voucher, that will allow the development of the website and its permanence for 12 months. The winning teams receive prizes and, also, have the opportunity to be recognized at the ceremony of the ACEPI Navegantes XXI Awards.


Since 2006, .PT has been promoting the presence of companies created on the spot with a .pt domain, following a protocol signed with the Ministry of Justice - RNPC. In 2013, and considering the .PT commitment to the national internet community, the initiative titled 3em1 was created, to which a set of .pt registrars were associated. With the 3em1 initiative it is given to those who create a company, association or branch on the spot, ENH, which is a government initiative, a package of free services, for a period of one year, which includes a .pt domain, a website development tool and hosting and e-mail boxes. 

3em1 extends to other initiatives outside the scope of the ENH, taking the form of a voucher to be assigned to individuals or entities to be defined.

In 2018 a protocol was signed between ACEPI - Associação da Economia Digital, CCP - Confederação do Comércio e Serviços de Portugal and .PT, under the aegis of the Ministry of Economy, to develop the Project ComércioDigital.pt - Qualify the Commerce and Services for the Digital Economy that aims the modernization and training of more than 50,000 SMEs, in the adoption of an effective and consequent presence on the Internet and support in the use and acquisition of digital marketing tools, for a sustainable and globalized growth of their businesses.

One of the initiatives planned under this program, which involves the .pt, is the 3em1 Comércio (.pt domain, website development tool and e-mail boxes, free for one year), aimed at microenterprises and SMEs, particularly of the commerce of proximity (commerce and services), which do not yet have their website. 

Acredita Portugal
Acredita Portugal is a non-profit organization focused on the development and promotion of national entrepreneurship. .PT offers 3em1 vouchers to the 150 semifinalists of the Acredita Portugal Entrepreneurship Contest, so they can promote their digital presence.


In order to raise awareness and, thus, support the promotion and development of digital inclusion in Portugal, the #EUSOUDIGITAL program aims to work with people who do not have any interaction with the online world, through actions administered by volunteers, which takes place in proximity locations. The #EUSOUDIGITAL program is an initiative of .PT, FCT and INCoDe.2030, in partnership with MUDA.

The program started in 2019 with a national roadshow, with which it was intended to raise awareness and support the basic training of adults for internet use and streamline the development of a national network of training centers for digital inclusion, through partnerships with local organizations.

Apps for Good

.PT supports Apps for Good, an educational technology movement where teachers and students work together to respond to relevant day-to-day issues through the creation of apps. Apps for Good was one of the 100 most promising technology initiatives in Europe in 2018, released by the Financial Times in collaboration with Google.

In addition to the global support to the initiative, .PT also supports the award for the female audience "Young Female Student .PT". With this award, .PT aims to encourage female participation in Apps for Good and, consequently, in the digital world.

Internet Segura

The Centro Internet Segura project is a responsibility of a consortium coordinated by FCT - Foundation for Science and Technology, which also involves the Directorate-General for Education, FCCN - National Scientific Computing, the Portuguese Institute of Sport and Youth and Microsoft Portugal. .PT is a member of the Monitoring Board of the Centro Internet Segura.

EU Kids Online

EU Kids Online is a study on the use of the internet, mobile phone and other online technologies by children and young people. The new EU Kids Online national survey, presented in 2019, was coordinated by the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa and counted on the contribution of the Direção-Geral da Educação and with the financial support of the PT. 

NET Viva e Segura

Another initiative supported by the .PT, which invites the educational community to reflect on the importance of adopting safer behavior and respect for the privacy of their personal data in accessing the internet and social media, is NET Viva e Segura. DECO, with the support of Google Portugal, launches the challenge to DECO Jovem schools to produce awareness videos about the use of the internet and social media. The activity is aimed at students between the ages of 15 and 22, attending regular, professional, vocational and learning teaching schools in Portugal. 

Portugal Digital Week

.PT is an institutional partner of the Portugal Digital Week, an initiative of ACEPI – Digital Economy Association. During this week several activities take place, among them the Study of the Digital Economy, which includes .pt data; the Portugal Digital Summit, which includes .PT guest speakers and a .PT stand in the exhibition area; the ACEPI Navegantes XXI Awards that include 3 categories supported by .PT: Best .pt Site; Best School Site/Sitestar.pt; and Best App for Good; and the "Portugal Digital 2017-2025” National Roadshow at top universities across Portugal, presenting the most recent digital trends and the results of the Digital Economy in Portugal Study. 

Portuguese Initiative of the Internet Governance Forum 

The Portuguese Initiative of the Internet Governance Forum (IPFGI) is a national platform for dialogue that brings together all stakeholders, public and private, academy, the internet technical community and society at large to inform, reflect and debate, in an open and interactive way, how the Internet should be governed, an increasingly relevant theme in national and international scenarios. The .PT is a co-organizer of this initiative and also supports the European initiative (EuroDIG).

MUDA - Movement for Active Digital Use

.PT is one of the promoting entities of MUDA, a national movement promoted by several companies, universities and associations and by the Portuguese Government that jointly assume the commitment to encourage the participation of the Portuguese people in the digital space and help to take advantage of the benefits associated to digital services made available by companies and the State.

TaC - Together against Cybercrime/ Youth IGF Movement

.PT joined the TaC - Together against Cybercrime project, a non-profit organization working on cybercrime/cybersecurity and online youth protection. TaC is also actively involved in issues related to internet governance through the Youth IGF Movement.

The Youth IGF Movement is another initiative that has the support of the .PT. It is a global multistakeholder movement that allows young people between the ages of 15 and 35 to discuss Internet Governance issues in local, national or regional debates.

Carta Portuguesa para a Diversidade: "Engenheiras por um dia" 

.PT is one of the signatory entities of the Carta Portuguesa para a Diversidade and, in this context, supports the "Engineers for a Day" initiative, which aims to promote the engineering and technology areas among young female students who attend the 3rd cycle of basic education and secondary education, mobilizing universities and engineers as role models, bringing to schools and students practical challenges of engineering and technology. The project aims to prevent and combat the intensification of segregation and in particular the absence of women in engineering and technology. 

International Collegiate Programming Contest

The International Collegiate Programming Contest is an algorithmic programming contest for college students. Teams of three, representing their university, work to solve the most real-world problems, fostering collaboration, creativity, innovation, and the ability to perform under pressure. Through training and competition, teams challenge each other to raise the bar on the possible. Quite simply, it is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious programming contest in the world. The world finals of the competition took place in Porto, from March 31 to April 5, 2019, and the .PT was one of the partners.


.PT supports PAPTICe, an initiative of ANPRI - National Association of Computer Science Teachers, which aims to recognize the work developed in professional education, valuing the excellence, innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship evidenced by the students in their PAP projects, in the areas of Computing, Multimedia, Electronics and Automation. 

.PT supports actions that, being outside its direct statutory scope, it considers it should embrace for its recognized and relevant social function, namely:
  • Banco Alimentar
  • Liga Portuguesa Contra o Cancro: CorridaTerry Fox
  • Instituto Português de Oncologia (IPO Porto)
  • União Zoófila