Presentation on theme: "Connected Communities – An Overview Dr. Susan ODonnell Models Research CAIT Conference, Waterford, 18 February 2002."— Presentation transcript:
Connected Communities – An Overview Dr. Susan ODonnell Models Research CAIT Conference, Waterford, 18 February 2002
What is a connected community? More a vision than a reality People chose to use ICTs (information and communication technologies) when and how they want More central to our visions of healthy societies
Why are community and voluntary organisations experts? Providing services, support and information to local communities Working to improve the quality of life in communities Drawìng attention to community needs
What are voluntary orgs doing across Europe? Providing training and employment in the information society Mediating government content online Increasing awareness of ICTs by disadvantaged groups
Policy history in Ireland 1995 - focus on e-commerce 1997 – huge increase in number of community and voluntary orgs online 1999 – the digital divide 2000 – Connected Communities Group
Why are people not using the Internet? Awareness? Develop awareness campaigns Cost concerns? Lower Internet costs Social inclusion issues? Need more innovative ways to address this
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