The Elderly, IT and the Public Discourse. Representations of Exclusion and Inclusion

  • Piermarco AroldiEmail author
  • Fausto Colombo
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9755)


The paper focuses on the political and institutional trends that foster digital literacy among seniors, and the forms it takes in both the public discourses and the concrete practices of teaching seniors how to use information technologies (IT). IT often recur as an essential element in the discourses that stress the importance of an active, healthy and independent aging, as well as the need for mechanisms that reduce potential isolation and exclusion of seniors. Nonetheless, the inconsistency of these different discourses makes it hard to represent the older people using IT in a clear, convincing and believable way.


Aging Information technology Digital literacy Training the elderly in the use of IT Digital agenda 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Università Cattolica del Sacro CuoreMilanItaly

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