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Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. Design Methods, Tools, and Interaction Techniques for eInclusion

Volume 8009 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 107-116

The Evolving Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII)

  • Gregg C. VanderheidenAffiliated withTrace R&D Center University of Wisconsin
  • , Jutta TreviranusAffiliated withInclusive Design Resource Center, OCAD University-Toronto
  • , Maria GemouAffiliated withCenter for Research and Technology – Hellas
  • , Evangelos BekiarisAffiliated withCenter for Research and Technology – Hellas
  • , Kasper MarkusAffiliated withRaising the Floor – International
  • , Colin ClarkAffiliated withInclusive Design Resource Center, OCAD University-Toronto
  • , Antranig BasmanAffiliated withTrace R&D Center University of Wisconsin

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Abstract

We are facing a perfect storm where, just as access to ICT is becoming mandatory for meaningful participation, independence, and self sustenance, we find that we not only are nowhere near providing access to everyone who needs it, but we are actually losing ground due to reasons such as technical proliferation across platforms, increasing product churn (breaking existing solutions), decreasing social resources to address it, and an inability to effectively serve the tails of these populations because of the higher cost to do so. At the same time the incidence of disabilities is increasing as our population ages. This paper describes the Cloud4all and Prosperity4All projects and progress in building the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure, an infrastructure based on cloud, web and platform technologies that can increase dissemination and international localization while lowering the cost to develop, deploy, market, and support a broad range of access solutions.

Keywords

Universal Design Inclusive Design Digital Divide Cloud computing