Entries by Daniel Blanche Tarragó

Stereotypes Contested: A Case Study on Older People’s Political Activism, ICT Usage, and Intergenerational Solidarity

It has become common to think about older people as engaged voters and thus more politically involved than younger people. Studies have suggested that in some European countries older people seem to participate more than younger people in elections (Goerres, 2007; Quintelier, 2007). However, not many people envision older people’s political participation within social movements, in the form of protests, demonstrations, sit-ins, blockades, and other non-institutionalized ways of participating in the political sphere. This piece reflects on some of the stereotypes of older activists.

A new mobile phone idea worth a peek

“Phoneblocks” is a new mobile phone project that aims at a longer life of the electronic device. The different hardware features of a mobile phone are divided into different blocks, and whenever a block breaks or needs an upgrade it can be easily replaced. This helps avoiding massive waste of electronic devices as it makes […]

Dr. Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol completes a case study series

Co-director of the A C M Network Dr. Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol from the IN3-UOC in Barcelona has recently published two papers about the use (and non-use) patterns of mobile telephony performed by elderly people in two cities: one in Toronto, and another one in Montevideo (Uruguay). These two publications complete a case study series carried out […]