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Nick Reynolds Nick Reynolds | 12:20 UK time, Friday, 16 October 2009

I'm at the Online Access Forum as mentioned by Seetha today.

And here are a few impressions of the event so far (which ends at 3 p.m.).

09.08 introduced Sam of h2g2 to Rain who is now involved in media literacy. So that's one good thing out of the day already!

09.11 "My mum and dad don't use the internet so I'd like to find out how to help them. If you don't use it you miss out on so much. I was showing my Dad my iphone..."

09.38 Mark Thompson starts with a mention of Micro Men. Also a Get Online day next week involving Radio 2 and BBC local radio, and the new media literacy portal.

09.58 The internet: "It's for people like you", "You won't break it".

10.08 Email still very important and compelling. Mobile increasingly important.

What strikes me is that we should not assume things about people who aren't online. Some may never have used a computer keyboard. This can be "overwhelming", indeed scary: like going back to school.

10.20 Gavin Esler now talking to some new adopters of the Internet. Internet useful for job searching, rather important at the moment! Many spoke about an initial barrier of "the IT suite" and anxiety around using a computer for the first time.

Debbie Ross from Sunderland City Council
In the photo: Debbie Ross from Sunderland City Council talking about their e-Neighbourhoods programme. Just behind her is Alan Fisher who mentioned how competitions on crisp packets exclude people who don't have the internet.

Other quotes from new adopters:

"Once you go online all of sudden the world opens up... its amazing"

"It took me a week to book an airline ticket..."

11.10 Interview with Martha Lane Fox. Mentions Race Online 2012.

"There's always money in connectivity."

Update: 13:49 Had a break for a meeting and lunch. Back for a panel session with Peter Barron (ex Newsnight), Amanda Farnsworth, Helen Milner and Simon Milner.

Nice point that not everyone agrees that increased online access is a good thing. To some media industries it's still seen as a threat.

"It's about people, not pipes"

"You can only do big things with partnerships"

Point about public sector reaching out to their own employees and making sure that all of them are properly online.

14.40 Johnny Ball takes the platform. His theme is that to connect the unconnected it has to be done by people - it's person to person. A recurring theme throughout the day.

Nick Reynolds is Social Media Executive, BBC Online


  • Comment number 1.

    Can someone put up any videos that were shown please?
    Will there be a page/blog dedicated to any future work the BBC does on online access?

    If any materials/projects are planned in the hope that local education authorities would become partners could you please consult at an early stage with such deliverers about what can and cannot be funded? Unless a course (project) can be accredited (result in a recognised qualification from an existing curriculum and examinations body e.g. OCR) or materials used as part of such an accredited course then local providers cannot draw down funding for running such courses; without funding to cover tutor and admin costs they wont touch it.

    Funding of post 18 education is quite complex nowadays, if you’d like some suggestions of those that work in this field to chat to re. the above then I’d be happy to make some suggestions, I work in this sector.

  • Comment number 2.

    #1 SheffTim

    The Media Literacy site is up and running here:
    BBC Media Literacy website

    Also I've passed your comment onto the Media Literacy team who have just arrived back in the office from the Forum.

  • Comment number 3.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 4.

    I sign in as Toldyouitwould but only the 'you' portion is shown when I post. Anyone know the cure?



  • Comment number 5.

    Toldyouitwould - there is no cure. But only you see the "you". Everyone else still sees your sign in name.

  • Comment number 6.

    #5. At 5:47pm on 23 Oct 2009, NickReynolds.

    Thanks for that deedback. It must be something on my cpmputer because I only get this (cut and pasted)

    4:34pm on 23 Oct 2009, you wrote:

    This line is typed, Toldyouitwould.

  • Comment number 7.

    Could we get a clip of John Humphrys on the Today programme some years ago saying ".... on the internet, whatever that is."



  • Comment number 8.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.


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