Pic of the Day: Online Access Forum
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.).
09.11 "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..."
09.58 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.
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..."
"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