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Assessing the economic benefits of digital inclusion /

by Digital Inclusion Initiative.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Infoxchange Australia 2009Description: p. 16.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: Constrained by cost or a lack of knowledge, and often both a significant number of disadvantaged people are missing out on the basic tools that engender participation in modern life. This 'digital divide' has a significant, negative impact on the communities it affects, by limiting their access to information, employment and social networks. On the upside, however, bridging this divide has genuine, measurable benefits for individuals and the broader community. This paper demonstrates the scale of these benefits, and makes a strong case for expanding the process of 'digital inclusion' to other disadvantaged areas of Australia.Availability: (1)

Barriers to participation : financial, educational and technological : a report into the barriers to societal participation among low-income Australians. /

by Zappala, Gianni [ed] | The Smith Family.

Publisher: Camperdown, N.S.W. Research & Social Policy Team, The Smith Family 2003Description: 82 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: March 2003 Includes bibliographical references. Website : (1)

Bridging the digital divide : the role of community on-line access centres in Indigenous communities. /

by Daly, Anne.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research. Australian National University 2005Description: PDF.Notes: URL: '' Checked: 6/10/2008 10:21:51 AM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success responseAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Connecting communities with CTLCs : from the digital divide to social inclusion. /

by Muir, Kristy | The Smith Family.

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. The Smith Family 2004Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Connecting us all : the role of the National Disability Strategy /

by Annear, Tracey | Australian Communications Consumer Action Network.

Publisher: Ultimo, N.S.W. Australian Communications Consumer Action Network 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: 29 June 2010Summary: The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) believes that access to information and communication services are an essential tool for all people with disability to be able to participate to the fullest extent possible in Australian society. Articles 9 and 21 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disability articulate the role of communications in making sure that people with disability enjoy human rights, freedoms and respect like other people.Availability: (1)

Coping when everything is digital : digital documents and issues in document retention. /

by Gillespie, Julian | Fair, Patrick | Lawrence, Adrian.

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. Baker & McKenzie Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre 2004Description: PDF.Notes: URL: '' Checked: 6/10/2008 10:19:25 AM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success responseAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Empowering language minorities through technology : which way to go? /

by Dooly, Melinda | eLearning Papers.

Publisher: Barcelona, Spain 2010Description: PDF.Other title: eLearning papers ; no. 19.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: April 2010Summary: The term 'Information Age' has been applied to the current era we now live in, based on the fact that technology and Internet are continuously changing the way people work, learn, spend their leisure time and interact with one another. At the same time, access to this means of interaction is not always equal, whether due to lack of experience, knowledge or economic access. The rate of these changes, and a feeling of uncertain consequences- can create a sense of uncontrollably rapid social changes and possible social fragmentation. In the face of this, education stakeholders must seriously consider how schooling can confront these challenges. This article will first give a brief overview of how the notion of social cohesion has been used in social and educational policies, focusing especially on two central points that emerge: social equality and education as a nexus for social cohesion. Next, the text looks at how education can undertake the challenge of eliminating social inequality and promoting social cohesion, followed by an analysis of one potentially disadvantaged group: speakers of minority languages. Perceptions of minority language groups in the EU are discussed and a general outline of potential educational disadvantages and social exclusion they may face is broached.Availability: (1)

Global social movements. /

by Cohen, Robin (ed.) | Rai, Shirin (ed.).

Publisher: London, U.K. The Athlone Press 2000Description: xiii, 231 p.Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Mind the gap : refugees and communications technology literacy /

by Leung, Linda | Australian Communications Consumer Action Network.

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. Australian Communications Consumer Action Network 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Includes appendicesSummary: This report details the findings and outcomes of the Mind the Gap project. The project sought to examine refugees? knowledge of telecommunications products and services when newly arrived in Australia and also investigate telecommunications literacy in refugee settlement service provision This project develops a telecommunications consumer education program tailored to recent arrivals from refugee backgrounds. The report has two parts. Part 1 concerns the consumer research phase of the project. The research was conducted within the existing i.settle.with.IT! project managed by WorkVentures. The i.settle.with.IT! initiative provides newly arrived migrants from refugee backgrounds with IT skills for employment purposes through computer training workshops, and is being rolled out through WorkVentures? partner organisations throughout Australia. The research was situated within the i.settle.with.IT! project, from which over 30 participants in greater Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth were interviewed or surveyed. Part 2 reports on the consumer education program that was developed based on the findings of the consumer research. It was designed to provide newly arrived refugees with a basic knowledge of Australian telecommunications products and services that suit their needs.Availability: (1)

Mobile and broadband technologies for ameliorating social isolation in older people /

by Vetere, Frank | University of Melbourne. Institute for a Broadband-Enabled ociety | Kulik, Lars | Pedell, Sonja.

Publisher: Parkville, Vic. University of Melbourne. Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society 2012Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: June 2012Summary: This project aimed to examine how communication technologies can be used to help ameliorate social isolation for older people who live independently in their own homes. We provided a group of older people and their care managers with touch tablet devices (iPads), and a new iPad application ('Enmesh' ? Engagement through Media Sharing), which was purpose-built for this study. Participants used the Enmesh application to exchange photographs and messages. By creating and sharing content, the older people in our study were able to build social connections in order to help alleviate their experience of social isolation. Participants used the application for a period of ten weeks. During that time we conducted interviews and observations to gauge their experiences of using the technology. Overall, the results of the trial were very positive. For the older people in our study, the ability to record and share photographs and messages had a positive effect on participants' wellbeing and played a role in alleviating feelings of social isolation.Availability: (1)

Older people and the internet : towards a 'system map' of digital exclusion /

by Berry, Richard | International Longevity Centre UK.

Publisher: London, U.K. International Longevity Centre 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: June 2011 Bibliography : p. 15Summary: Older people are significantly less likely to have access to the internet than the general population. According to recent research findings, 79 per cent of households below the state pension age have internet access, while only 37 per cent of households above the state pension age do so. This difference gives rise to the notion of the digital divide, between those who enjoy access to the internet and those who are excluded. There have been a number of attempts to widen access to the internet, among older people and other excluded groups. There are ongoing upgrades of Britain's technological infrastructure, increasing internet capacity throughout the country. There are initiatives to counter the financial barriers to inclusion, by providing subsidised equipment or free internet access, in people's homes or in public places. The state has also supported the provision of training in ICT skills over a number of years.Availability: (1)

Social exclusion and disadvantage in the new economy. /

by Zappala, Gianni | The Smith Family | Green, Vanessa | Parker, Ben.

Publisher: Camberdown, N.S.W. The Smith Family 2000Description: iv, 20 p. : ill.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: December 2000 Includes bibliographical references (p.18-20) Website : Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Submission to the Inquiry into Cybersafety for Senior Australians /

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence (unpub.) 2012Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: February 2012Summary: Information technology provides ever-expanding opportunities to communicate, gather information, seek employment, conduct personal business and access services. While use and ownership of personal computers and the internet in Australia are increasing, significant segments of the population are still excluded. The majority of senior Australians, especially those whose occupations did not require internet access or those who have been out of the workforce for a considerable time post retirement, have very limited understanding of the internet and very low levels of skills for its use. This engenders considerable anxiety even among those who are keen to avail themselves of its benefits, particularly email, Skype and information gathering. Thus, while senior Australians by and large face the same risks as all internet users, these risks are intensified by their lack not only of ICT literacy (the knowledge and skills required to use the internet) but also of what might be called ICT savvy, that tacit knowledge that younger Australians acquire through immersion in the cyberworld through education, at work and in their social milieu.Availability: (1)

The new economy revisited : an initial analysis of the digital divide among financially disadvantaged families /

by McLaren, Jennifer | The Smith Family | Zappala, Gianni.

Publisher: Camperdown, N.S.W. Research and Social Policy Team, The Smith Family 2002Description: viii, 28 p. ill.Other title: The Smith Family. Research and Social Policy Team background.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: September 2002 Summary: This paper presents new data on the access and usage of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), in particular, computers and the Internet, by households and children from financially disadvantaged backgrounds. The existence of unequal access and usage of ICT across the population – the ‘digital divide’, is compounding disadvantage for some, because having access to ICT is becoming so central to being able to fully participate in the economic, social, political and cultural spheres of society. This is the first of several publications that provides empirical data to complement previous conceptual work on the ‘new economy’ and the digital divide. This paper focuses on what has been termed the ‘A’ of the ‘ABCs of the digital divide’ – Access, Basic Training and Content. The data come from a survey aimed at collecting benchmark data on computer and Internet access and usage among students and families on The Smith Family’s Learning for Life (LFL) program. Availability: (1)

Web accessibility for older users : a literature review /

by Arch, Andrew | World Wide Web Consortium.

Edition: W3C Working DraftPublisher: World Wide Web Consortium 2008Description: Webpage.Notes: Includes bibliography, tablesSummary: This document provides a review and analysis of guidelines and articles relating to the needs of older people with Web accessibility needs due to ageing, and compares these with the needs of people with disabilities as already addressed in WAI guidelines. The focus is particularly on Europe but applies internationally as well. This review is being undertaken in order to inform the development of educational materials which can better promote the needs of people who have accessibility needs due to ageing, and potential development of profiles and/or extensions on WAI guidelines...Availability: No items available

Wired community @ Collingwood : final evaluation report /

by Isoquant Consulting.

Publisher: Ivanhoe, Vic. Isoquant Consulting 2010Description: 69 p.Summary: There is increasing evidence that the lack of access to information and communication technology (ICT) or the ?digital divide? severely limits education, employment and economic prospects. The Wired Community@Collingwood project is based in one of the Victorian Government Neighbourhood renewal communities on the Collingwood Housing Estate. The estate is a public housing estate located around three kilometers from the Central Business District of Melbourne and provides low cost housing to people with a low socio-economic profile and recent migrants and refugees. Infoxchange, a not-for-profit community ICT provider with a mission that clearly states the direction of the organisation as establishing technology for social justice, led the partnership based on the success of a similar strategy at Atherton Gardens. The Wired Community@Collingwood project aims to provide communication, learning and employment opportunities through ICT to all Collingwood estate residents across approximately 950 dwellings. ; The Availability: No items available

Wired community @ Collingwood : preliminary evaluation report : Executive summary /

by Isoquant Consulting.

Publisher: Ivanhoe, Vic. Isoquant Consulting 2009Description: 5 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: Wired provides housing estate residents an opportunity to obtain a network-ready computer at no cost, along with the establishment of an ICT training hub, estate-wide intranet and communications network, email and affordable internet access for residents. This executive summary presents Isoquant Consulting's findings from an evaluation of the Wired Community @ Collingwood Project (Wired) one year into implementation.Availability: (1)

Wired high rise : a community-based computer network : final report. /

by Meredyth, Denise | Thomas, Julian | Ewing, Scott.

Publisher: Hawthorn, Vic. Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University of Technology 2006Description: PDF.Notes: URL: '' Checked: 22/04/2009 2:25:09 PM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success responseAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

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