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Digital skills across the lifetime: existing provisions and future challenges

Explores the issues and challenges to the acquisition of digital technology participation skills facing 'slower adopters'. Explains that a number of social groups such as those in social housing, unemployed people, disabled people, homeless people and traveller communities struggle to adapt to new digital technologies. Outlines prevailing and future trends for key groups of slower adopters. Considers the impact of ageing on digital participation in later life. Explores lifelong learning issues related to the acquisition and maintenance of digital skills. Identifies ways of acquiring and sustaining digital capabilities, drawing on case studies of user experience. Considers the policy implications and provides recommendations on ways to help slower adopters to cope with digital technologies in the workplace and in their lives.


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Damodaron, Leela; Burrows, Helen
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