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Technology's social impact

eWell-Being awards shortlists announced

An internet access project for the socially excluded, an anti-bullying network and a wireless remote medical monitoring device are among the projects shortlisted for the eWell-Being Awards the UK's first prizes to promote the environmental, economic and social benefits of technology.

Over 100 projects from businesses, local authorities and the voluntary sector were nominated for the gongs, developed by SustainIT and BT.

Shotlisted for the digital inclusion category, sponsored by BT, were:

— an IT skills project for Scotland's elderly population run by Age Concern;
— a national online anti-bullying resource for parents, pupils and schools from charity Bullying Online;
— a network of inclusive IT facilities for Wiltshire's disabled community from charity Scamp;
— an internet access project for socially excluded young people from charity YouthNet UK.

"We recognise the vital role that communications technology is playing in providing tangible social, environmental and economic benefits, and hope the shortlisted projects will inspire other organisations to enter the awards in future," said Adrian Hodsford, director of social policy at BT.

The final four nominees in the wireless category, sponsored by Vodafone, were: VitalLink, a remote medical monitoring device for isolated communities from TeleMedic systems; the Manx Telecomputer Bus ¡ª a mobile classroom providing ICT access to school children in the Isle of Man; and a parking control project using integrated software from Liverpool City Council.

There are two awards, sponsored by The AA and the UK centre for economic and environmental development, to recognise projects using ICT which reduce environment and transport impact.

The final category, the e-Government award, sponsored by the Improvement and Development Agency, focuses on projects using ICT to deliver better public services, including a community development where electronic devices provide more secure living for the elderly community.

The winning projects will be announced at a ceremony in London's Living Room at City Hall on 10 June.
Technology's social impact

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