Going Beyond Telecenters to Foster the Digital Inclusion of Older People in Brazil: Lessons Learned from a Rapid Ethnographical Study

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Abstract: Telecenters take on a prominent role within the current information and communications technology (ICT) ecosystem in Brazil. They are seen by a great many as a key means to foster the digital inclusion of the older population in the country. This paper draws upon a rapid ethnographic study conducted with 78 older people in a center that teaches computer classes to seniors in Brazil. The results show that providing older people with technological infrastructures is not enough to strengthen their digital inclusion if their basic and non-instrumental needs are not taken into consideration in defining educational activities to be carried out in public centers. Participants’ basic needs when it comes to interacting with ICT, such as coping with accessibility issues, were dynamic, whilst non-instrumental needs, fulfilled by using these technologies, such as interacting with relevant others, remained fairly constant throughout the study. Drawing on the results of the study, strategies for fostering the digital inclusion and well-being of older people in Brazil that go beyond telecenters are suggested.

Ferreira, SM., Sayago, Sergio., Blat, J. (2016). Going Beyond Telecenters to Foster the Digital Inclusion of Older People in Brazil: Lessons Learned from a Rapid Ethnographical Study. Information Technology for Development (IF: 0.85, Q3 in Information Science & Library Science) – Online first.

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Estudiants dirigits per membres de GRIHO guanyen els premis al millor TFG i TFM 2016

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Ahir va celebrar-se el 5è sopar d’antics alumnes, PDI i PAS de l’EPS durant el qual va lliurar-se, entre altres, els premis a Jordi Virgili i Adrià Vall-llaura, com a guanyadors de la 5a edició del Premi AETI.

Estem molt contents per ells, molt, com també ho estem en clau de grup, doncs ambdós treballs van ser dirigits per membres de GRIHO, per la Rosa Mª Gil el del Jordi i per la Montse Sendín i el Toni Granollers el de l’Adrià.

Enhorabona a tots.

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Siân Lindley visita la EPS (UdL)

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Investigadora Siân Lindley

Investigadora Siân Lindley

La semana próxima contaremos con la investigadora Siân Lindley del grupo “Human Experience & Design (HXD)” de Microsoft Research a Cambridge (UK).

Siân compartirá su conocimiento tanto a los alumnos de Grado de Ingeniería Informática cómo a los miembros de GRIHO, de INSPIRES y, en general, con toda persona interesada.

Estas son las Actividades académicas previstas:

7th of April

12:00 to 13:00: INSPIRES research seminar (classroom 2.01 EPS)

  • Título: Digital Possessions
  • Resumen: Increasingly the things that matter to us are digital, be they stored on computers and mobile devices, synced across Cloud services, generated as social media, or curated via sites like Pinterest. In our recent research, myself and my colleagues have been exploring what digital possessions are, where they are hosted and stored, how users interact with them, and what this means for their relationships with them. This work has two strands. Firstly, we have conducted research to understand how people experience and manage their digital content in a networked world. Our research indicates that people feel a less assured sense of possession over content stored in the Cloud, that mechanisms to allow them to ‘keep’ new forms of content are often lacking, and that sharing ownership of possessions has to be done differently when those possessions are digital rather than physical. Secondly, we have undertaken conceptual work to reimagine how we might conceptualise the computer file and the actions that are bound up with it. We argue that the ‘file’ metaphor, and the actions that have traditionally been associated with it (copy, delete, etc.) are losing their salience in a networked world, where copies proliferate across services and devices, and deleting content carries new uncertainties.

17:00 to 19:00: HCI class (classroom 0.04 EPS)

  • Clase de HCI en la asignatura Interacción Persona-Ordenador de 2o curso del GEI.
    • Título: Personal Information Management in a Networked World
    • Resumen: In this lecture, I will cover some of the challenges that are associated with personal information management when digital content is distributed across a network of personal devices and online services. Students will learn how management of digital ‘cherished possessions’ throws up a different set of problems to the management of physical belongings, but also offers new opportunities for design.

8th of April

9:00 to 11:00: UCD class (classroom 2.01 EPS)

  • Clase en la asignatura Diseño Centrado en el Usuario de 3r curso del GEI.
    • Título: New Metaphors for Managing Digital Content
    • Resumen: In this lecture, I will cover some of the challenges that are associated with personal information management when digital content is distributed across a network of personal devices and online services, and outline the role of metaphors in approaches to dealing with these.

La visita ha sido financiada por la Convocatoria del Programa de Ayudas para favorecer la internacionalización de la UdL.

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Collaborating in a pilot project!

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Older people’s emotional interactive experiences through a citizen science lens, a pilot project funded by the ACT network. This pilot project will be coordinated by the UPF-GTI and conducted with the participation / support of Àgora (http://edaverneda.org/), and other centres in which we plan to recruit participants, and collaboration of Dr. Sergio Sayago (currently, at Universitat de Lleida), and the ACT network

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Valeria Righi is now a PhD!

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Righi, Valeria (2016). Re-thinking Human-Computer Interaction Design and Design with a Growing Ageing Population: widening contexts of technology use, changing the subject and object of design. ETIC, UPF. Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Josep Blat (UPF) & Dr. Sergio Sayago (UdL). Viva-3-February. Panel: Dr. Siân Lindley (Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK), Dr. Mayo Fuster (UOC), Prof. Dr. Joan Subirats (UAB).Result:Excellent. Congratulations, Dr. Righi!!

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