During my time working for Social Platform, I initiated the organisations’ work on digital inclusion: how online technology can help to promote social justice, raise awareness, contribute to inclusion and change. It was an interesting area of work that I still feel very passionate about.
“Imagine that you are one of the 60 million Europeans that have never used the internet, or one of the 45% of Europeans who don’t have very advanced digital skills (Digital Scoreboard 2016). This would mean that you would not be reading this blog post right now; you would not access any of the information that is often only available online; you would not find or maintain friendships via social networking (…) There are many reasons why someone might not have access to the internet, including location, cost, age, and disability.”from my blog post (20 Mar, 2017)
Digital inclusion has a transformative power to address social injustice, such as tackle homelessness and support people with disabilities. Services-providers often neglect to adress the unintended consequences of their technology, which often is the exclusion of those that do not have the means to access it. If the – often fairly easy – ‘design for all‘ solutions would be built in from the start it would benefit all.
“Digital inclusion can be a real matter of life and death; without access to information and communications technology (ICT) we most often cannot search for a job, a place to live, or health care and other essential services. Most of us have probably never reflected on how we would go about looking for a job or a place to live without any access to internet.”from my blog post (20 Feb, 2017)
Do get in touch with me if you have any ideas and thoughts on this matter and would like to discuss it.