London's organisation for older people recommends the Mayor's Smart City plan should address five key themes for digital inclusion: help in developing skills; training and research; co-designing digital services; connectivity and security; and transport services.
The detailed recommendations from Positive Ageing in London follow from discussion at their conference last month.
I wondered then whether digital inclusion challenges would prove different from several years back. I found many similarities: we may have more tech, but it still isn't getting much easier for older people.
What's different now is that the Mayor has appointed a Chief Digital Officer who is engaged in a listening exercise about what's needed for Smart London.
The blog post about Smart London includes references to more personal learning and skills, connectivity, and transport services - so PAIL's proposals should prove a useful input.
On March 27 we are running a free event on Smart City meet Networked City - organised by Matt Scott with JustMap - where we'll explore the role of social and geographic mapping on developing a more connected and inclusive London. Details here.
- Recommendations from Positive Ageing in London conference
- Blog post on the PAIL conference - do challenges remain the same?
- Smart London site
- Smart City listening exercise
- Blog post on Why Smart City London should be a Networked City: participatory, sharing, inclusive and accessible
- Smart City meets Networked City event