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My name is Gisele. I was born with poor eyesight and could never read print normally and can only remember fuzzy images of the people and world around me. Eventually I lost even those perceptions and became blind. I have witnessed all the social changes that have occurred in the past 7 decades of my life. The digital age has been the most significant life-changing phenomenon of my time, and I believe it is the most promising phenomenon for a better life for the generations to come.
And yet I feel an unease about certain trends that are shaping that future. I observe that the technological and other societal changes taking place are outstripping my ability and that of other people in my circles to keep pace. This is what I call the digital gap. This experience is not necessarily due to my disability or age. The digital gap cannot be closed only by making digital technologies more accessible, or by any other technology-led progress. It is critical to promote thinking and policies that put human beings at the centre of the evolution of progressive social change.
The Digital Gap Initiative (DGI) is a project through which I hope to have a voice and a role in influencing in any small way my vision for real social inclusion in this rapid technological transformation of our society.
Please visit the About page to read more about the journey of the Digital Gap Initiative.
- Special announcement about the future of DGIAt its AGM on 4 December 2021, the directors and members of the Digital Gap Initiative Ltd decided to dissolve the organisation due to a lack of capacity to pursue our cause…
- Two Australian initiatives recognised in the global Zero Project Accessibility Awards 2022The South Australian Government Online Accessibility Policy and Toolkit (Online Accessibility Toolkit) and Travel for All Guide are among the 76 Zero Project Awardees 2022 for their exceptional work to improve accessibility.…
- Human Rights and TechnologyOn 14 April 2020 DGI provided our submission as part of the AHRC Human Rights and Technology consultations. In 2021, the Australian Human Rights Commission provided a final report. A summary of…
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