Older people need support from the @MayorofLondon to ensure #digitalinclusion in #SmartLondon

London’s organisation for older people recommends the Mayor’s Smart City plan should address five key themes for digital inclusion: help in developing skills; training and research; co-designing digital services; connectivity and security; and transport services.

The detailed recommendations from Positive Ageing in London follow from discussion at their conference last month.

I wondered then whether digital inclusion challenges would prove different from several years back. I found many similarities: we may have more tech, but it still isn’t getting much easier for older people.

What’s different now is that the Mayor has appointed a Chief Digital Officer who is engaged in a listening exercise about what’s needed for Smart London.

The blog post about Smart London includes references to more personal learning and skills, connectivity, and transport services – so PAIL’s proposals should prove a useful input.

On March 27 we are running a free event on Smart City meet Networked City – organised by Matt Scott with JustMap – where we’ll explore the role of social and geographic mapping on developing a more connected and inclusive London. Details here.

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