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A compendium of social inclusion indicators : how's Australia faring? : a compilation of comparative data undertaken by the Australian social inclusion board to inform its advisory work. /

by Australia. Social Inclusion Board.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T Commonwealth of Australia 2009Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Also available: Building community resilience brochure; In June 2009, the Australian Social Inclusion Board released a brochure on how to build inclusive and resilient communities. This brochure explains resilience and vulnerability, outlines principles for building resilience and ideas for how to apply them and provides some examples from Australia and overseas, along with links to useful resources.Summary: The Australian Social Inclusion Board’s Compendium of Social Inclusion Indicators contributes first steps towards comprehensive performance measurement and evaluation of social inclusion in Australia. It has been developed by the Board to generate discussion and debate on the question of how to measure disadvantage and social exclusion. It includes indicators developed in the EU and supplementary Australian measures, to draw a picture of how people are doing on issues such as income, access to the job market, social supports and networks, effects of the local neighbourhood, access to services and health.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

A Tale of Two Blogospheres : Discursive Practices on the Left and Right /

by Benkler, Yochai | Harvard University. Berkman Center for Internet and Society | Shaw, Aaron.

Publisher: Boston, MA Harvard University. Berkman Center for Internet and Society 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : p. 39-41Summary: Discussions of the political effects of the Internet and networked discourse tend to presume consistent patterns of technological adoption and use within a given society. Consistent with this assumption, previous empirical studies of the United States political blogosphere have found evidence that the left and right are relatively symmetric in terms of various forms of linking behavior despite their ideological polarizationAvailability: (1)

Ageing and the use of the internet : current engagement and future needs /

by Milligan, Christine | Nominet Trust | Passey, Don.

Publisher: Oxford, U.K. Nominet Trust 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: October 2011 Bibliography pp. 82-89Summary: Over the past five years the number of people online, aged 65 and over, has remained relatively static, with between 25% and 35% using the internet (Oxford Internet Institute Survey 2011). As new online services become available and more benefits of being digitally connected are highlighted, this figure presents a real challenge to those working with this demographic group as there seems to be little impact aggregated to a national scale. Yet the over-65 population describes a diverse group. There can be up to 40 years life experience between those in early old age and those in late old age; it can describe people in good health and poor health; those who are physically or socially isolated or those living with, or supported by families. As such, a diverse range of approaches need to be put in place if we are to support them to benefit from using the internet. Similarly, when the online/offline figure is broken down into smaller age groups or correlated with other socio-economic characteristics (such as housing status, educational attainment, income levels etc) a clearer picture of internet use and the mechanisms of support for novice and advanced users becomes apparent. This publication sets out the latest research into how the internet is, and can be, used to support those over 65 as well as highlighting the mechanisms, themes and social situations that best enable this group to benefit from the internet. By doing so, it sets out a number of ways in which we can look to develop new approaches to supporting people over the age of 65 to get online in a sustained and meaningful way.Availability: (1)

Appliances and their impact : the ownership of domestic technology and time spent on household work. /

by Bittman, Michael | Rice, James Mahmud | Wajcman, Judy.

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. Social Policy Research Centre. University of New South Wales 2003Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Australia Post : delivering more than ever. /

by Hunter, Marcella.

Publisher: Edgecliff, N.S.W. Australia Post 2000Description: 224 p. : ill. (some col.).Notes: Includes index.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Australia's choices : options for a prosperous and fair society. /

by Marsh, Ian (ed.).

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. University of New South Wales Press 2003Description: x, 271 p. : ill.Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index. Contents: Introduction / Ian Marsh -- Part 1. Economic policy 1. The intangible economy and Australia / John Daley -- 2. The mystery of innovation : aligning the triangle of technology, institutions and organisation / Jonathan West -- 3. Regional clustering in Australia / Michael J Enright and Brian H Roberts -- Part 2. Social policy 4. Strengthening social investment in Australia / Julian Disney -- 5. Achieving equity and excellence in education / John Freeland -- 6. Health and related services / Peter Baume and Stephen Leeder -- Part 3. Foreign policy 7. `Different views' : foreign policy choices for Australia in Asia / Stephen Fitzgerald -- 8. Setting and securing Australia's national interests : national interest as economic prosperity / Michael Wesley -- 9. Setting and securing Australia's national interests : national interest as security / Michael Wesley -- 10. Setting and securing Australia's national interests : national interest as values / Michael Wesley -- Part 4. Governance 11. Towards an Australian republic? / Stephen Mills -- 12. Building federal state co-operation / Cheryl Saunders -- 13. Consensus in Australian politics / Ian MarshAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Australians at work : commentaries and sources. /

by Fox, Charles (ed.) | Lake, Marilyn (ed.).

Publisher: South Yarra, Vic. McPhee Gribble 1990Description: 268 p.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Climate mitigation or technological revolution? : a critical choice of futures /

by Snooks, Graeme.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T Global Dynamic Systems Centre 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: In this paper the author argues that the theoretical models, both climatic and economic, the experts have so far employed to estimate the range of possible future greenhouse gas concentrations, resulting temperature increases, and costs of both business as usual and mitigation/adaptation policies, are totally inappropriate.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Cloud culture: the global future of cultural relations /

by Leadbeater, Charles | Counterpoint. British Council.

Publisher: London, U.K. Counterpoint. British Council 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Copy edited by Julie Pickard Series design by modernactivity Bibliography : p. 83-87Summary: The internet, our relationship with it, and our culture is about to undergo a change as profound and unsettling as the development of Web 2.0 in the last decade, which saw Google and YouTube, Facebook and Twitter become mass, world-wide phenomena. This 87-page report argues that over the next ten years, the rise of cloud computing will not only accelerate the global battle for control of the digital landscape, but will almost certainly recast the very ways in which we exercise our creativity and forge relationships across the world's cultures.Availability: (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).

Creating Opportunity : low carbon jobs in an interconnected world : interim findings /

by Global Climate Network.

Publisher: London, U.K. Global Climate Network 2009Description: PDF.Other title: Global Climate Network discussion paper no. 3.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: If governments are bold and ambitious in developing markets for low-carbon technologies, then they will maximise the economic benefits and stand a greater chance of creating more jobs. Early findings from the study - presented in this interim report - suggest that creating markets for low-carbon technologies will in turn create new job opportunities and that these will be greater than the number of jobs lost in carbon-intensive sectors. The study also finds that the creation of markets for low-carbon technologies in one country will lead to greater opportunities in others. Interconnectedness means policy coordination is required. Extensive reviews of literature and data analysis that are being carried out by the GCN's nine member think tanks point to the need for bold government policy. The GCN's analysis also suggests politicians should adopt a guarded approach to predictions of job numbers and targets and focus on measures to stimulate low-carbon technology markets. All such data is highly uncertain and is based on sets of assumptions that, as technologies and technology markets mature, may prove errant.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Cybersafety for seniors : a worthwhile journey : second interim report /

by Australia. Parliament. Joint Select Committee on Cyber-Safety.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia 2013Description: xxi, 172 p.Other title: Cyber safety for seniors : a worthwhile journey : second.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Dr. Helen Kimberley, Principlal Researcher and Ms. Bonnie Simons, Senior Researcher, Retirement and Ageing, Research and Policy Centre Brotherhood of St Laurence were witnesses at the Inquiry into Cybersafety for Senior Australians on Friday 18 May 2012Summary: Cyber technology has developed dramatically in the last 20 years and the internet and other new communications technologies have infiltrated our lives in ways most of us would not have imagined only a few years ago. Australians are now communicating with government, business, family and friends, as well as shopping and banking, online. While many senior Australians may have been reluctant to venture into the cyber world initially, seniors are now the fastest growing online user group in the country. ; Anyone who uses the internet is vulnerable to cyber security threats but the Committee found that seniors are particularly vulnerable for several reasons. In the words of Dr Helen Kimberley* from the Brotherhood of St Laurence, senior Australians are 'digital immigrants' not 'digital natives' as young people are. Seniors have not grown up using the technology and, in the case of the older senior cohort, they did not even have the advantage of using computers in their work before retirement. Many seniors therefore have a lot of catching up to do when it comes to being 'cyber savvy'. ; Additionally, seniors are attractive targets for criminals because many seniors own substantial assets and have access to life savings and their superannuation. In many cases, seniors are looking for opportunities to invest their money, so they might be receptive to scams and fraudulent investment opportunities. ; The Committee spoke to seniors who have enthusiastically embraced the internet and other communications technology, and who act safely online. However, the Committee also received a lot of evidence showing that there are many senior Australians who either are not using the internet at all, or are using it with caution, because they are afraid of becoming involved in cyber security issues. Additionally, many are now too embarrassed to admit to family and others that they have no knowledge of the internet and no idea how they would go about 'getting online'. For these seniors, education and training will be their key to becoming cyber savvy and cyber safe. [Forward-extract]Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Digital quality of life : understanding the personal and social benefits of the information technology revolution /

by Atkinson, Robert D | Castro, Daniel D.

Publisher: Washington, DC Information, Technology and Innovation Foundation 2008Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: In the new global economy information technology (IT) is the major driver of both economic growth and improved quality of life. The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) in its 2007 report Digital Prosperity: Understanding the Economic Benefits of the Information Technology Revolution documented how IT, since the mid-1990s, has been the principal driver of increased economic growth not only in the United States but also in many other nations. However, IT is also at the core of dramatic improvements in the quality of life for individuals around the world. In our new report, we show how IT is the key enabler of many, if not most, of today?s key innovations and improvements in our lives and society?from better education and health care, to a cleaner and more energy-efficient environment, to safer and more secure communities and nations.Availability: 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)

Empowering people, driving change : social innovation in the European Union /

by Hubert, Agnes | Bureau of European Policy Advisors (BEPA).

Publisher: Luxembourg Office for Official Publications of the European Communities 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: May 2010 Includes bibliographical references This report has been steered by Agn s Hubert, of the Bureau of European Policy Advisers, under the supervision of Jean-Claude Th bault and Margaritis Schinas and with the assistance of Matteo Bonifacio and Joep Konings.Summary: "Social innovation relates to new responses to pressing social demands by means which affect the process of social interactions. It is aimed at improving well being. It covers wide fields ... In its recent usage, the social innovation approach is understood to mean not only a new governance mode working across traditional fields of responsibilities with an active involvement of citizens, which is effective in addressing the challenges of climate mitigation, social justice, ageing, etc., but also the culture of trust and risk-taking which is needed to promote scientific and technological innovations. With the EU currently engaged in a new growth strategy for a smart, sustainable and inclusive Europe by 2020, social issues are being brought to the fore. The lessons learned from both the Lisbon Strategy for Growth and Jobs and the financial crisis have revealed structural weaknesses and presented the social dimension of Europe in a new light: the long-held belief that economic growth creates employment and wealth that goes on to alleviate poverty has been disproved by recent events, and the time has now come to try new ways of bringing people out of poverty and promoting growth and well-being not only for, but also with citizens."Availability: (1)

Global Publics Embrace Social Networking : Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project /

by PEW Research Center.

Publisher: Washington, DC PEW Research Center 2010Description: PDF.Other title: Pew Global Attitudes Project.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: Although still a relatively young technology, social networking is already a global phenomenon. In regions around the world, and in countries with varying levels of economic development, people who use the Internet are using it for social networking. And this is particularly true of young people.Availability: (1)

Google econometrics and unemployment forecasting . /

by Askitas, Nikos | Institute for the Study of Labor | Zimmermann, Klaus F.

Publisher: Bonn, Germany Institute for the Study of Labor 2009Notes: INTO AND OUT OF WORKSummary: The current economic crisis requires fast information to predict economic behavior early, which is difficult at times of structural changes. This paper suggests an innovative new method of using data on internet activity for that purpose. It demonstrates strong correlations between keyword searches and unemployment rates using monthly German data and exhibits a strong potential for the method used.Availability: No items available

Green for all /

Publisher: Oakland, CA. Green for all 2009Description: Website.Notes: INTO AND OUT OF WORKAvailability: No items available

Hanging on the mobile phone : experiencing work and spatial flexibility. /

by Lowry, Diannah | Moskos, Megan.

Publisher: Flinders, S.A. Flinders University. National Institute of Labour Studies 2005Description: PDF.Notes: URL: '' Checked: 6/10/2008 10:25:39 AM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success responseAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

International Energy Agency : energy security, growth and sustainability through co-operation and outreach. /

by International Energy Agency.

Publisher: 02/20/2007 11:52:46 2007Notes: Description based on contents viewed : 02/20/2007 11:52:46 Mode of access : WORLD WIDE WEB ONLINE RESOURCESummary: The International Energy Agency (IEA) acts as energy policy advisor to 26 member countries in their effort to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for their citizens. Founded during the oil crisis of 1973-74, the IEA s initial role was to co-ordinate measures in times of oil supply emergencies. As energy markets have changed, so has the IEA. Its mandate has broadened to incorporate the Three E s of balanced energy policy making: energy security, economic development and environmental protection. Current work focuses on climate change policies, market reform, energy technology collaboration and outreach to the rest of the world, especially major producers and consumers of energy like China, India, Russia and the OPEC countries.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

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