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6th Form Lecture

King’s Court Theatre

Niall Hayes is a Professor of Information and Organisation in the Department of Organisation, Work and Technology at Lancaster University. His research interests relate to the social and organisational implications arising from the introduction and use of information systems in organisations. His specific research domains are threefold: electronic government, digital health and information and communication technology in developing countries and for development.

Over the last 15 years, there has been a significant increase in the availability of ICTs in society. Technology can be seen to be reaching out from the confines of business and science users to be routinely available to everyday users across the world. So who are the new users and what are the new uses of ICT? Do the majority of people in the world have access to technology? This talk will consider the issue of digital inclusion. We will focus on two case examples. First, the so-called global digital divide – the possibilities for digital inclusion in developing countries. Second, the so-called “grey digital divide” – digital inclusion for older adults in developed counties. Finally, we will consider whether we can make a better world through technology.