The Evolving Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII)

  • Gregg C. Vanderheiden
  • Jutta Treviranus
  • Maria Gemou
  • Evangelos Bekiaris
  • Kasper Markus
  • Colin Clark
  • Antranig Basman
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8009)

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 

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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gregg C. Vanderheiden
    • 1
  • Jutta Treviranus
    • 2
  • Maria Gemou
    • 3
  • Evangelos Bekiaris
    • 3
  • Kasper Markus
    • 4
  • Colin Clark
    • 2
  • Antranig Basman
    • 1
  1. 1.Trace R&D Center University of WisconsinMadisonUSA
  2. 2.Inclusive Design Resource CenterOCAD University-TorontoCanada
  3. 3.Center for Research and Technology – HellasThessalonikiGreece
  4. 4.Raising the Floor – InternationalGenevaSwitzerland

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