February 2009 Blogposts (18)

New AbilityNet Blog Post - No Hiding Place for Disability

The press in the UK have been claiming that some parents say their children are scared by a disabled children presenter

Alex Barker one of our advice officers and disabled himself has written his thoughts about the story at www.abilitynet.org.uk/blog

Added by David Banes on February 28, 2009 at 23:50 — 2 Comments

eParticipation @ Brussels on March, 4th

This may sound like Vienna e-Inclusion redivivus, but certainly on a smaller scale and with a different agenda. Just to let you all know that I will be webreporting (again) at European eParticipation Day on Tuesday, and look forward to meeting Ian again. eParticipation Day will focus on using ICT to increase the involvement of citizens in the decision-making process. So I expect to be talking a lot about reconnecting ordinary people with politics via ICT in a possibly yet another win-win… Continue

Added by Adrian Popa on February 28, 2009 at 16:11 — 3 Comments

The Tragedy of Economics: Market Theory vs Human Nature

"The Tragedy of Economics: Market Theory vs Human Nature"



This is an excellent essay on the nature of the social internet vs the pressures of economics.



I would also be interested to know if anyone knows of any research about the social value of online networks, particularly for disadvantaged people? i.e. what is the evidence that the internet is creating new forms of social capital?…





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Added by Ian Clifford on February 27, 2009 at 16:30 — No Comments

Mobile phone literacy for youth/parents

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan released the results of their “investigation about use of a child’s cellular phone”. Survey on the use of mobile phones, conducted in November and December 2008, covered about 10,000 students attending school from elementary to senior high level and around 9,500 parents.… Continue

Added by Pawel Makowiecki on February 27, 2009 at 9:00 — No Comments

Opera: State of the Mobile Web report

Opera just announce report of mobile internet. It's updated every month and you can check full version of it here http://www.opera.com/smw/



Top countries (January 2008 - January 2009)



* Of the top 35 countries using Opera Mini, Armenia, Nigeria and Egypt showed the most growth (in terms of unique users) between January 2008 and January 2009.

* In January 2009, Armenia had the most page views per users, followed by… Continue

Added by Pawel Makowiecki on February 26, 2009 at 6:00 — No Comments

How to reduce telecentre costs and management challenges

I suspect some of you have already read about NComputing. The company

has a ground breaking solution to computer challenges telecentres face.

Its simple to deploy, compatible with standard software, highly

efficient - consuming 95% less electricity than a typical PC and

significantly easier to manage and cheap (starting at around $70 per

seat).



Ncomputing solution is based on the fact that today's PCs are so

powerful that the vast majority of… Continue

Added by Meddie Mayanja on February 20, 2009 at 17:11 — 1 Comment

Adding symbols to websites to support non readers

This article tells you a little more about a service we are demonstrating to reach people with learnoing disabilities. Non readers have always had limitations in using websites - as a result videoi has been a greta benefit to them - But this solution helps bridge the gap. Its also quite inbteresting as a way of supporting those learning english but with limited vocabulary.



AbilityNet is the first organisation to enhance its website with ‘Point’ symbol support from Widgit. The… Continue

Added by David Banes on February 18, 2009 at 14:36 — No Comments

EU e-Inclusion Workshop Report - Jan 09

Further to the Vienna e-Inclusion conference, the Unit of the European Commission "ICT for Inclusion" organised an information and debate workshop, back to back with the general info day on Call 3 of the Competitiveness and Innovation ICT Policy Support Programme.1 The focus was on the European activities on e-inclusion in 2009 and beyond, particularly with regard to topics that could be supported through the CIP ICT PSP instruments, ad-hoc studies and dissemination actions. This document… Continue

Added by Ian Clifford on February 18, 2009 at 12:00 — 1 Comment

The Global Economic Downturn, Philanthropy and Nonprofits

An essay on what it means, and what to do by Helmut K Anheier.
Centre for Social Investment, University of Heidelberg & Center for Civil Society, UCLA
January 2009

The Global Economic Downturn, Philanthropy and Nonprofits.doc

Added by Ian Clifford on February 17, 2009 at 13:49 — No Comments

CSR and eInclusion – India as a world leader in IT

NASSCOM 4th Global CSR Conclave, 13th Feb 2009, Mumbai, India.







„Not inclusive development is a zero sum game”- Rufina Fernandez




I was invited by my friend Rufina Fernandes, CEO of NASSCOM Foundation** to attend their 4th Global CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Conclave, during their NASSCOM* Leadership Forum in… Continue

Added by Pawel Makowiecki on February 16, 2009 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

New AbilityNet Blog - Choosing a Mobile Phone

This is a work in progress leading up to our presentation at the third eaccessibility forum in Paris on March 30. Its the opening of a discussion around Mobile Phones form and function - the factors influencing mobile phone selection amongst disabled users - you can find it for free at www.abilitynet.org.uk/blog

Added by David Banes on February 14, 2009 at 0:31 — 1 Comment

Telecentre-Europe Overview now in TEN languages, and still more to come!

Hi all

please see below TEN documents that summarise Telecentre-Europe in English, French, Polish, Romainian, Swedish, Serbian, Dutch, Turkish, Spanish, and now Russian. We are developing more as time passes.



Many thanks to those who have translated these documents for us. If anyone is willing to translate into your native language please let us know, it will be most welcome!!

Ian



English…

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Added by Ian Clifford on February 12, 2009 at 16:00 — 4 Comments

Community Facilitators Meeting

During the last week of January the Telecentre.org CF meeting took place in Esplai Foundation, in Barcelona.



The main objective of this event was to build a team sense among the participants and work on the CF tasks in order to create common criteria and improve our actions by sharing experiences.



Florencio Ceballos and… Continue

Added by Laia Fauró Gual on February 12, 2009 at 10:30 — No Comments

EU Survey of Kids Online Safety

Hi all
please see this interesting summary of kids internet saftey measures across the EU.

UK press story

hope you find it interesting
Ian

Added by Ian Clifford on February 12, 2009 at 10:23 — No Comments

LLP Grundtvig application - Employability Toolkit

Hi all

please can I urge you to have a look at the outline proposal and comment or feed back over the next week. After that we will be limited in the changes we will be able to make. We will be looking to the network for dissemination of the product once it has been developed, and therefore it is really important that you feed in if you think it will be something that you will be interested in using.…



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Added by Ian Clifford on February 10, 2009 at 11:00 — No Comments

Employability - Grundtvig Application

Telecentre-Europe - Steering Committee is preparing an application for a Grundtvig Programme (LL Call - European Comission). Different entities are working as a consortium to start a project to develope an employability toolkit for Telecentres.

Please, see more information in this group contribution. (You should join the group Telecentres - Employability).

Added by Unite-IT Manager on February 9, 2009 at 18:30 — 2 Comments

World Summit Youth Award

Hello everyone,



I'm not sure if WSYA is published at this platform, I checked but couldn't find any info on that. Even if there is, I guess duplication of information is not a problem :)



Internet content developed by young people below the ages 30 to promote UN Millenium Development Goals are invited to apply for the World Summit Youth Award contest.



E-Contents and ICT applications may be submitted in the following five categories, each of which will have three… Continue

Added by Basak Saral on February 4, 2009 at 9:48 — No Comments

New AbilityNet Podcast - Free

New AbilityNet Podcast - Access to Voting Booths / Best of Bett / Mobile phones http://www.abilitynet.org.uk/podcast

Includes transcripts and shownotes to make this format especially accessible to all

Also available on ITunes !

Added by David Banes on February 3, 2009 at 17:23 — No Comments

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