It's time for a quick conclusion. I believe e-Inclusion conference had a legitimate focus on e-Government, disability, and ageing well issues. By default, that made the event a pretty conservative one, aimed at taking stock and consolidating rather than attempting to move things forward. But sometimes strange ideas can be more useful than straight ideas. As such, the conference may have missed out on a very important and stimulating element – let’s call it, the fringe. Meeting European Commissioner, Mr. Nick Batey, this lunch time hour, informally at the Telecentre Europe’s stand, was absolutely heuristic. We (Spanish, Turkish, Romanian, Polish) shared this feedback with him and he admitted how difficult it was to speak let alone draw-in the other world: the hackers, the nuts, the educationally illiterate young or drop-out kids turned masters of the digital kingdom, who create social or entertaining worlds ex nihilo, but prefer to stay outside the main stream. Yes. I think one of the major challenges of digital inclusion (not the only one of course), which should be addressed as a matter of priority, is: How can the fringe be e-included?
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