To combat the growing problem of anti-social behaviour and harassment online, Network for Surviving Stalking, a project funded by social investor Nominet Trust, has launched a new version of the highly regarded ‘Digital Stalking; a Guide to Technology Risks.’ The free online tool will aim to protect the 1/5 women and 1/10 men that will be stalked during their lifetime.
It has long been known that where children are born and grow up affects the opportunities they have and what they do in their lives. A teenager living in a former industrial city with high levels of adult unemployment will often have different hopes and fears than one who has grown up in a prosperous town in the south east.
As part of its ongoing open consultation, Nominet Trust brought together a group of experts this past week to think about how technology might be used to realise new opportunities - and address the persistent challenges such as social isolation, access to adequate care and pensioner poverty – facing people in later life. We weren’t looking at how adding digital might make existing services more cost-effective or efficient; nor were we seeking specific solutions. Instead we were hoping to define some areas that would benefit from social innovation with technology.
I recently presented the Third Sector Charity Impact Measurement conference. A really interesting event with different individuals from around the sector coming together to share their perspective about charity impact measurement.
I took the opportunity to present an alternative approach to evaluation we have been developing at Nominet Trust and explain the reasons behind it.
You don’t have to look far to find repeated stories of the problems facing people in later life, from access to adequate care, health and well-being and of course financial challenges.
There are now more people over the age of 65 than under the age of 16. With increased life expectancy, those we categorise as ‘older’ can span an age group that stretches from 55 years of age to 95 and above. ‘Old age’ though can describe people in good health or poor health, active, sedentary, lonely or the leaders of their communities.
With over 40 years of difference between the lower and upper ends of this age-span, this presents significant implications for not only the quality of life older people can and should expect, but for the economy at large.
Get online week 2012 takes place from 15 - 21 October, and this year the theme is “Find a bigger life online”. The campaign aims to encourage people, whatever their level of skill, to come along to a Get online week event and to find out how they can do more online.