Older Adults and Technology Use

On April 9, 2014, in Science & Technology, by editor1

Pew Research Internet Project. April 3, 2014.

America’s seniors have historically been late adopters to the world of technology compared to their younger compatriots, but their movement into digital life continues to deepen, according to the report. Two different groups of older Americans are observed. The first group, which leans toward younger, more highly educated, or more affluent seniors, has relatively substantial technology assets, and also has a positive view toward the benefits of online platforms. The other, which tends to be older and less affluent, often with significant challenges with health or disability, is largely disconnected from the world of digital tools and services, both physically and psychologically. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

http://www.pewinternet.org/files/2014/04/PIP_Seniors-and-Tech-Use_040314.pdf [PDF format, 27 pages].

Congressional Research Service. March 28, 2014. 

On March 14, 2014, the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced its intention to transition its stewardship role and procedural authority over key domain name functions to the global Internet multistakeholder community. If a satisfactory transition and Internet governance mechanism can be achieved, NTIA will let its contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) expire on September 30, 2015. NTIA has stated that it will not accept any transition proposal that would replace the NTIA role with a government-led or an intergovernmental organization solution. The 113th Congress is likely to closely examine the benefits and risks of NTIA’s proposed transition of its authority over ICANN. As a transition plan is developed by ICANN and the Internet community, Congress will likely monitor and evaluate that plan, and seek assurances that an Internet and domain name system free of U.S. government stewardship will remain stable, secure, resilient, and open.

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/97-868.pdf [PDF format, 25 pages].

Alliance for Excellent Education. March 2014.

This report introduces connected learning, a promising educational approach that uses digital media to engage students’ interests and instill deeper learning skills, such as communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. The report lists four elements constituting connected learning’s emphasis on bridging school, popular culture, home, and the community to create an environment in which students engage in and take responsibility for their learning. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

http://all4ed.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/ConnectedLearning.pdf [PDF format, 12 pages].

Pew Research Internet Project. March 13, 2014.

The digital era has brought profound challenges and opportunities to countless institutions and industries, from universities to newspapers to the music industry, in ways both large and small. Institutions that were previously identified with printed material, and its attendant properties of being expensive, scarce, and obscure, are now considering how to take on new roles as purveyors of information, connections, and entertainment, using the latest formats and technologies. The impact of digital technologies on public libraries is particularly interesting because libraries serve so many people (about half of all Americans ages 16 and older used a public library in some form in the past year, as of September 2013) and correspondingly try to meet a wide variety of needs. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

http://www.pewinternet.org/files/2014/03/PIP-Library-Typology-Report.pdf [PDF format, 131 pages].

Pew Research Journalism Project. March 13, 2014.

How someone gets to a news organization’s website says a lot about the level of engagement and loyalty he or she displays toward the site and its content, according to the analysis. In this study of U.S. internet traffic to 26 of the most popular news websites, direct visitors, those who type in the news outlet’s specific address (URL) or have the address bookmarked, spend much more time on that news site, view many more pages of content and come back far more often than visitors who arrive from a search engine or a Facebook referral. The data also suggest that turning social media or search eyeballs into equally dedicated readers is no easy task. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

http://www.journalism.org/files/2014/03/SocialSearchandDirect_PathwaystoDigitalNews.pdf [PDF format, 26 pages].