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Embrace the Festive Season with Engaging Holiday Workshops for your Members

A cozy Christmas scene with a beautifully decorated tree covered in snow-like flocking, red ornaments, and pine cones. Next to the tree, a stack of wrapped gifts in brown paper with red ribbons. A rustic wooden fireplace is adorned with evergreen garland, candles, and stockings with red and white stripes hanging in anticipation. A red checkered blanket adds warmth to the scene

As the holiday season approaches, it’s the perfect time for our member clubs to infuse some festive spirit into their activities. Here are some workshop ideas that can add a spark to the lead-up to Christmas:

1. Churches – Live Streaming Christmas Services

In this digital age, bring the joy of Christmas services directly to your members. Host a workshop on live streaming Christmas services from churches around the world. Explore the magic of the Vatican’s grand celebrations or immerse in the serene atmosphere of Canterbury Cathedral. These workshops not only connect members with global holiday traditions but also provide an opportunity to learn and share tips on virtual attendance.

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Accessibility December 2023

Celebrating Success: Gala Dinner, 2023 Australian Access Awards.

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In a night filled with recognition, applause, and a celebration of digital inclusivity, the Centre for Accessibility Australia orchestrated a triumphant Gala Dinner celebrating the 2023 Australian Access Awards. Whether you were basking in the ambiance of ANZAC House or virtually joining the festivities from the comfort of your home (as did Jennifer), we extend our sincerest gratitude to everyone who contributed to making this evening an unforgettable success.

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From the ACSC – Australian Cyber Security Centre 

An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

The digital landscape is evolving, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) is at the forefront of this transformation. We’re thrilled to share an invaluable resource with you—the recent release from the Australian Signals Directorate’s Australian Cyber Security Centre (ASD’s ACSC), “An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence.

This publication is a goldmine of knowledge, offering insights into securely engaging with AI. Whether you’re an individual or part of an organisation, this guide unveils the intricacies of AI, its potential impact on digital services, and crucial considerations for tackling AI-specific threats. More importantly, it provides practical mitigations to minimise risks associated with AI systems.

Here’s how you can take charge of your AI journey:

  1. Delve into the Guide: Explore “An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence” for tailored cybersecurity advice and a comprehensive understanding of AI’s impact.
  2. Ethical AI Framework: ASCCA encourages familiarising yourself with ASD’s Ethical AI framework. It outlines essential ethical principles for implementing and using AI responsibly.
  3. Stay Informed: Keep abreast of the latest AI-related information and resources by visiting cyber.gov.au.

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Safer Internet Day 2024

Save the Date!

Join the Movement: Support Safer Internet Day 2024

As we embrace the digital era, the importance of online safety continues to grow, touching every corner of our lives. That’s why the office of eSafety Australia is championing an essential cause that aligns perfectly with our values at ASCCA: Safer Internet Day, set for Tuesday, 6 February 2024. This initiative is more than just a day; it’s a call to action for each of us to play our part in creating a safer online world.

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Christmas Time in the West

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In the lead up to Christmas, parts of Western Australia are aglow with the vibrant hues of our native Christmas Trees—Nuytsia floribunda. Their golden-orange blossoms are painting the landscape in a festive palette, bringing joy and a unique beauty to the region.

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2023 Competitions Results

As another year rapidly draws to a close, we’re thrilled to share the results of our annual competitions as we heard at the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting earlier in October. We’ve seen some cracking entries this year, and it’s been a real treat to witness such talent within our members.

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Accessibility

Laetitia Thompson from Centre for Accessibility Australia

Amazon Unveils Latest Accessibility Features: Eye Gaze on Alexa and Call Translation.

By Laetitia L. Thompson, Senior Digital Content Editor at the Centre for Accessibility, Australia.

Amazon, with its latest 2023 Devices Event, have unveiled two innovative accessibility features set to enhance the user experience on its devices.

The first, known as “Eye Gaze on Alexa,” marks a significant step forward in inclusivity.

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Brett’s Cyber Security 

Qantas Frequent Flyer Points scams: How to protect yourself

With the recent departure of Alan Joyce and the public apology of the new CEO, Vanessa Hudson, one of the first things that they are trying to do is make more Qantas Frequent Flyer Reward Seats available. This equates to two things: 1. People trying to get these seats and 2. people trying to scam you for your points to get these seats (and other cool stuff online).

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Get Online Week

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It’s Get Online Week! Members! Keep an eye out for your Virtual Morning Tea pack in the post!

Our activity boxes for our Virtual Morning Tea to celebrate Get Online Week 2023 are in the post!

We’re excited to invite our members to our Virtual Morning Tea on October 19th, to celebrate Get Online Week. This event will be a celebration of our achievements in supporting older Australians to embrace technology!

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Annual General Meeting Details

Jennifer Willcox

Official Notice: ASCCA Annual General Meeting (AGM) Details

As the vibrant colours of October adorn the landscapes, we are thrilled to bring you the latest edition of the ASCCA eNews. There are a few important updates we’d like to share with you.

Annual General Meeting (AGM) Details

Our Twenty Second Annual General Meeting is fast approaching, and we’re excited to have you join us on this special occasion. Here are the details:

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September Competition Update

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Great news!

Competitions are still happening!

Despite the cancellation of our much-anticipated conference this year, the spirit of our Annual Competitions remains unwavering.

Our Creative Writing Competition, a cherished tradition, drew an astonishing 40 entries from four dynamic clubs. A heartfelt thanks to each participant for their passion and dedication to the craft.

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Tech News

iPhone 14 SOS via Satellite now available in Australia

iPhone with the Emergency SOS via Satellite screen active

Apple introduced its Emergency SOS via satellite service for iPhone 14 users in Australia and New Zealand last month. This groundbreaking safety feature allows users to connect with emergency services even when there is no cellular or Wi-Fi coverage available

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