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Bridging the Digital Divide

How do we bridge the digital divide and focus on social inclusion? The Good Things Foundation is a successful UK Digital Inclusion Strategy, which is being set up in Australia by its founder Helen Milner. With funding from DSS (Department for Social Services) a national network of community organisations will support older Australians to connect and thrive in this new digital world. The message is: Your life will get better if you are connected. In the UK the strategy was rolled out through 5,000 community organisations, clubs, local hubs and public housing.

The national network will bring together partners across Australia who are supporting older Australians to improve their digital literacy. The Good Things Foundation aims to build a social movement that will improve the lives of older people through online connectivity. The program is part of the Digital Literacy for Older Australians programme. COTA Australia has joined the new Australian Digital Inclusion Alliance (ADIA), a shared initiative to accelerate action on digital inclusion with over 100 participants from across the business, government, academic and community sectors. The Alliance is supported by Infoxchange and backed by Google, Telstra and Australia Post.

COTA Victoria will keep you informed on this exciting new project.

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4 Responses to Bridging the Digital Divide

  1. Brian Mier says:

    I think the biggest problem with digital literacy is the lack of instruction courses for would-be users. A new version of something comes out – where is the face-to-face course taking your own laptop to explore it? Neighbourhood houses and the like may offer computer courses, but they are the most basic level.

    Google. Telstra and Australia Post are all commercial organisations with vested interests in getting all people to use their products, programs and services. All three organisations have serious deficits in their accountability and regard for the public interests, according to TV news and current affairs programs and user complaints. Are they the best companies or even appropriate companies to support services for older people?

    My other concern is that it should be ‘horses for courses’, not one thing for all. The more people are glued to their screens on computers and mobile devices, the less they are exercising their bodies and many parts of their brains to stay as healthy and happy as possible until the time comes to fall off the perch. Encouraging screen use for the sake of its commercial sellers is not automatically a positive, proactive approach to benefiting seniors. A balanced life is more likely to e a happy one.

  2. christina forster says:

    Sounds like another Cota great inishitive
    Christiina

  3. Hi Christina,
    Thank you for your comment.
    Please keep connected 🙂
    Have a nice day!
    COTA Team

  4. Hi Brian,
    Thank you for your comments. Your views are very welcome in this debate. We all need to engage in all levels.
    Have a nice day!
    COTA Team