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The Silver Surfers project is a research project investigating the benefits and challenges presented by Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), such as computers and broadband internet, and how they are experienced by older citizens in rural and remote communities in Canada. More specifically, the Silver Surfers project aims to determine the role that ICTs play in rural and remote seniors’ health and safety.
By reviewing prior research in this field, we have identified several areas that we feel need updating and further investigation in order to fully understand the ways in which senior citizens are using ICTs in rural and remote communities. Among those areas of concern are (but not limited to): the barriers and motivations enabling or preventing seniors’ use of computers and the Internet; the effects of remoteness and distance on the use of computers and the Internet; and the ‘digital divide’ between and within groups of younger and older Internet users, and also between rural and urban users.