‘Society’ Archive

Improving Web Accessibility for the Elderly CSUN Slides and Transcript

At the CSUN 2011 conference I gave a presentation called “Improving Web Accessibility for the Elderly”. The presentation considered how many people over the age of 60 use the web, how much they use it and why they use it. It outlined some common issues older web users encounter and the general lack of awareness […]

Mature Age ICT Users Survey 2

The results of the second survey into how people over the age of 60 use information and communication technologies (ICT) are now available. This phase of the project involved surveying people in the physical-world and one-on-one interviews with them about some of the problems they experience when using the web. There were some differences between […]

Mature Age ICT Users Online Survey Results

During December 2010 and January 2011, we conducted an online survey of information and communication technology (ICT) users over the age of 60. We have completed the initial collating of these results and they provide a snapshot of internet and mobile phone usage by those older members of the population who are able and willing […]

Older web users and text size

Our research into use of the web and other information and communication technologies by people over the age of sixty is producing some interesting results. In this article I want to comment briefly on some of the responses relating to the size of text on web pages. This research, which I’m conducting in association with […]

Baby Boomers and the Web

When we talk about the Baby Boomer generation, we usually refer to the people born in the years between 1946 and 1964[i], the post-war boom of rapid population growth particularly in countries like the U.S. and Australia. “Baby boomers” are sometimes divided into “early boomers” (1946-55), and “late boomers” (1956-1964)[ii] . In this article I […]

Elderly Person who doesn’t want email

I am currently surveying people over the age of 60 about their use of information communication technologies and this has resulted in talking with some interesting people with challenging ideas. On the weekend, I met with a retired man in his sixties, who is intelligent, financially independent and owns his home. Following a life in […]

Survey Of Mature Age Internet Users

Survey of people over the age of 60 who use the Internet and other Information Technologies Click here to take survey The aim of this “Internet and Information Technology Users Survey” is to find out how and why people over the age of 60 use the Internet and to get a better understanding of the […]

Disabled Parking Cheats

One thing that really pisses me off is people who misuse disabled parking permits. In my view, able-bodied people who exploit the few meagre, yet essential, benefits available to those with disabilities are cheats who should be prosecuted. Cars with disabled parking stickers can park in dedicated disabled parking spots and are allowed to park […]

Logie Twit

Now, I would not normally comment on the Logie Awards, since for me they are less interesting than the talking clock and given the choice of watching the ceremony on television or paint dry, I would pick drying paint any day. However, this year the antics of Age Journalist, Catherine Deveny, did catch my attention. […]

Australia goes WCAG 2

On Tuesday 23 February the Minister for Finance, Lindsay Tanner, announced the Australian Government had endorsed WCAG 2.0. The press release by Minister Tanner contained few details, but said all government websites would need to comply with WCAG 2.0 by 2015. “These new standards will improve the ability of people with a broad range of […]