Spring Online: A Great Opportunity to bridge the Digital Divide!

Social housing providers are being urged to engage in “one of the nation’s biggest digital inclusion campaigns”.

The Government-backed Spring Online with Silver Surfers’ Day – delivered by Digital Unite in partnership with UK Online Centres and Race Online 2012 – is one of the biggest campaigns each year to give older people and less confident users a taste of computers and the internet.

The campaign – which has been going for 11 years – has helped more than 150,000 people get more out of life online.

Social housing providers are being urged to play their part to help residents get a taste of computers and the internet during Spring Online from 23-27 April.

Digital Unite’s mission is to promote and explain the benefits of technology.  They have been in operation since 1996 and currently offer an online community and free online content to help those new to the internet learn more about its incredible applications.

Emma Solomon, Managing Director of Digital Unite, says: “Access to computers and the internet can enhance people’s health and wellbeing – and open up whole new worlds. If you know your way round a computer why not volunteer to show someone else how to do it? Often, all people need is someone to get them started, show them the basics and make it fun. Holding a Spring Online session can really help.”

See the original article:  http://www.24dash.com/news/housing/2012-03-05-Landlords-have-role-in-one-of-the-nations-biggest-digital-inclusion-campaigns

 

More information on Digital Unite:  http://digitalunite.com/about-us

And Spring Online (Apr 23-27, 2012):  http://springonline.org/

 

NGO WebOrganic Benefits from new Google Datacenter in Hong Kong

Google will inject US$300 million as a long-term investment in its Hong Kong datacenter that will go live in early 2013, said the company after the ground breaking ceremony in Tsueng Kwan O Industrial Estate last week.

The company said it will also launch a community program in Hong Kong to provide annual grants ranging from US$5000 to US$50,000 to organizations that focus on the issues such as technology literacy and innovation, renewable energy innovation, and new economy entrepreneurship.

To get this effort started, Google is making a grant of USD50,000 to Hong Kong-based NGO WebOrganic to support their efforts in providing affordable laptops and digital literacy programs to underprivileged children in Hong Kong, the company added.

WebOrganic’s main focus is to promote eLearning to the underprivileged and give those people that were formerly without access to the internet.  The company regularly teams up with organizations in the Hong Kong area to further these goals.  It also provides technical support for internet problems for the Hong Kong Family Welfare Society and supports training and mentorship programs for the YMCA and other groups.  The company supports an impressive 150,000 students from lower income families.

Google launched a website on the facility at http://www.google.com/about/datacenters/locations/hong-kong, where people can ask the firm questions and find more information on the project, and job opportunities, the firm noted.

See the original article:  http://www.pcworld.com/article/245982/google_invests_300_million_in_hong_kong_datacenter.html

Read more about WebOrganic:  http://www.weborganic.hk/EN/node/6