Driving citizenship to connected aged population at digital inclusion program ACESSASP – Brazil

Brasilina Passarelli, Fabiana Grieco Cabral de Mello Vetritti


Digital inclusion programs contribute to promote a revolution regarding Internet access. WEB 2.0 platform democratization of access is increasing the opportunities to build digital citizenship. In Brazil one of the most important initiatives is AcessaSP Digital Inclusion Program, awarded in 2013 by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a kind of digital inclusion Nobel, that recognizes innovative efforts worldwide to connect people. AcessaSP is a digital inclusion program, which is now 15 years old and already reached 80 million users in almost 850 infocenters in operation, developed by São Paulo state government in partnership with Research Center for New Communications Technologies Applied to Education – School of the Future / USP. This paper presents AcessaSP and discusses some results concerning connected aged populations practices as users of AcessaSP infocenters. The study was carried out as a comparative survey with statistical data collected in 2008, 2009 and 2012 based on a SPSS database originally developed to provide AcessaSP program with statistical data. Main results point an exponential participation in social networks and significant appropriation of WEB 2.0 tools, suggesting aged population empowerment.

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Digital Inclusion Public Policy in São Paulo – Brazil; Digital Inclusion Program AcessaSP – Brazil; Research Center for New Communications Technologies Applied to Education – School of the Future / USP – Brazil; Connected Aged Population; MIL – Media and

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