Digital training for inmates in Portugal

The Portuguese Protocol Centre for Justice (CPJ) has promoted a digital skills training programme for people deprived of freedom to reintegrate into the labour market. The pilot test of the Social Project for Training of Inmates  in the digital area has been implemented in the penal institution of Leiria and the aim of the CPJ is to extend the project to other correctional centres and penal institutions.

The project has been developed out in partnership with Cisco Portugal, who are going to deliver for free two training courses, one on cyber-security and one on digital literacy and social media.  

Social Support for Digital Inclusion: Towards a Typology of Social Support Patterns

This article by Axelle Asmar, Leo van Audenhove and Ilse Mariën (iMEC-SMIT, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium) published by Cogitatio, contributes to a better understanding of patterns of social support in relation to digital inequalities. It shows that mechanisms of in/exclusion are highly social, as they entail a diversity of formal and informal support-seeking patterns, which in turn have an important influence on the adoption and use of digital media, and introduces the concept of social support for digital inclusion defined as the aid (emotional, instrumental, and informational) that an individual receives from his/her network in his/her use of digital technologies.

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EU Commissioner for Equality reaffirms older persons’ rights in time of COVID-19

Il vero distanziamento sociale è la povertà digitale

Nonostante l’Italia sia il terzo Paese al mondo per numero di telefoni cellulari, sono molti i cittadini che non hanno accesso a Internet o non possiedono uno smartphone e che, per questo motivo, sono esclusi dalla comunicazione e dall’informazione online. Questo articolo della rivista online Reti Solidali presenta il problema della disuguaglianza causata dalla “povertà digitale”.