A couple of links to English organisations, which show how far the thinking there is going compared to much of the rest of Europe. UK Online’s research page is particularly useful, with report like:
- Does the internet improve lives? This research explores the attitudes, characteristics and behaviours of C2DE internet users and non-users to see if the internet really does make a difference to people’s lives, and what leads to its adoption. Download the PDF: Does the internet improve lives?
- Digital inclusion, social impact: This research looks at 20 UK online centre led projects which sought to reach socially disadvantaged people and engage them in ICT activities. It maps the relationship between digital inclusion and the social impacts on participant’s lives. Download the PDF: Digital inclusion, social impact
Link to main site and a spin-off project below:
Provides people with access to computers and the internet, together with help and advice on how to use them.
Despite the name, it operates in England only, probably occupying cognitive space where the Scottish, Welsh and NI governments should be… maybe I should start a series on sites that sound like they might include Scotland, but don’t.
Talk About Local is a project to give people in their communities a powerful online voice. We want to help people communicate and campaign more effectively to influence events in the places in which they live, work or play. A good, modern voice on the web can help communities communicate better, become more active and empowered. Community websites and forums make it easier for people to become involved in changing their area. The web can lower the barriers to finding basic information and make it easier to have your voice heard.
The best way to understand this is to listen to people who use community websites speaking about it. In the simple film here, people talk about how local websites keep them informed about what is going on and how they add to a sense of community empowerment.