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Voluntary Organisations and Social Inclusion in the Information Society

Objective

The research will study the challenges of broad adoption of IST solutions, exploring how voluntary organisations can facilitate social inclusion in the information society. The study will develop a consolidated European analysis and identify potential implications for future EU policy activities on an inclusive information society, as well as identify potential implications for future IST Programme research. A key objective is stimulation of transnational networking of researchers and practitioners working on projects and programmes to encourage a socially inclusive information society.

OBJECTIVES
To conduct a study aimed at understanding the role of voluntary organisations in fostering social inclusion in the information society in Europe. To identify potential implications for future policy activities on social inclusion in the information society, and to write the research report. To stimulate transnational research networking on the role of voluntary organisations in facilitating social inclusion in the information society.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK
The research will address the IST Programme objectives of socio-economic analysis for the information society, focusing on the challenges relating to broad adoption of IST solutions with particular emphasis on social inclusion and policy requirements. It will explore the role of voluntary organisations in facilitating social inclusion in the information society - a socio-economic issue that cuts across multiple IST Programme areas- and develop a consolidated European analysis. The research will identify potential implications for future policy activities on an inclusive information society, particularly in the context of the eEurope initiative, stimulate transnational research networking on this issue, and identify potential implications for future IST Research Programme.

Funding Scheme

ACM - Preparatory, accompanying and support measures

Coordinator

ITECH RESEARCH LIMITED
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Abbey House, 15-17 Upper Abbey Street
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Ireland