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From the President’s Desk

The image is a portrait of Jennifer Willcox, ASCCA President, a smiling senior woman with short grey hair. She's wearing glasses, hoop earrings, and a black V-neck top. A gold necklace with a circular pendant sits at her collarbone. The background is plain white, highlighting her as the main subject. Her cheerful expression conveys warmth and approachability.

July 2024 eNews

Welcome to the latest edition of our newsletter! As winter sets in with its chilly embrace, I hope you are all keeping dry, warm and cozy. 

I am thrilled to introduce our new intern, Jenan Aburahmeh, who will be taking over the tasks from Anushka. Jenan has hit the ground running, already diving into following up on our grant opportunities. Please take a moment to read more about Jenan in the article below. 

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Announcing the Appointment of Our New Co-CEOs: Paul Dovas and Lance Rickards 

Firstly, a huge thank you to Nan Bosler and Jim Parker for their support in helping us with our CEO recruitment campaign. 

We had an incredible response for our advertisement, with nearly forty applicants with backgrounds from industry, community & social services, and government. We interviewed ten stand-out candidates with demonstrable prior experience in a CEO role and proven achievements in creating successful organisations and helping them scale. We have decided to proceed with two excellent people who will partner as Co-Chief Executive Officers for ASCCA and lead us into our next phase of evolution. Their respective skill sets are highly complementary, and we believe that this will be the right model to accelerate ASCCA’s growth and in turn support you, our member clubs.  

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Introducing Our New Intern: Jenan Aburahmeh

Jenan is a young woman wearing a light pink hijab and a dark denim jacket. She is standing against a plain light-coloured wall and is smiling gently at the camera.

We are delighted to welcome our new intern, Jenan Aburahmeh, to the ASCCA family. Jenan joins us through the generous support of the McCusker Foundation and the University of Western Australia. We are grateful to the Centre for Accessibility Australia for kindly hosting Jenan in their office space once again. 

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A New Chapter for Our Clubs Forums: Seeking Your Input

A screenshot of a virtual meeting with eight participants in separate video call windows. The participants include William in a home office, Natika with an ASCCA background, Jennifer in a plain room, Ralph in a home office, Marilyn in a living room with a grandfather clock, John in a modern living room, Jeanette in a home setting, and Irith with a background of a building arch. Each person is looking towards the camera.

Our June Clubs Forum marked the conclusion of our current series, as the Round 9 Be Connected Capacity Building funding has come to an end. These forums have been a valuable platform for sharing knowledge, discussing issues, and building a stronger community within ASCCA. 

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Apple’s iOS 18 Transforming iPhone 15Pro and Pro Max 

Article Credit: Centre for Accessibility Australia 

A hand holding a smartphone displaying the iOS 18 control centre interface. The control centre shows various settings such as calculator, stopwatch, alarms, home, wallet, timer, dark mode, capture, and clock. The background features a blurred computer keyboard and desk, with the text ‘iOS 18’ prominently displayed on the left side of the image. Colourful square icons are positioned on the right side of the image.

iOS 18 is set to transform the user experience on the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max with enhanced accessibility options for the Action button! From Control Centre Toggles to customisable shortcuts, this update offers a range of new features designed to meet diverse needs. 

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The Importance of Setting Up and Maintaining Multi-Factor Authentication 

A person using online banking on a laptop while holding a smartphone. The laptop screen displays an online banking portal, showing account details and transaction history. The smartphone screen shows a notification for multi-factor authentication (MFA) with options to approve or decline a login attempt.

In today’s digital age, securing our online accounts has never been more crucial. For many of us, our email accounts hold the keys to a vast array of online services, from banking and shopping to social media and communication. This is especially true for seniors who may have accumulated many years’ worth of accounts under a single email address. One of the most effective ways to protect these accounts is by setting up and maintaining Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). 

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From the President’s Desk

The image is a portrait of Jennifer Willcox, ASCCA President, a smiling senior woman with short grey hair. She's wearing glasses, hoop earrings, and a black V-neck top. A gold necklace with a circular pendant sits at her collarbone. The background is plain white, highlighting her as the main subject. Her cheerful expression conveys warmth and approachability.

June 2024 eNews

Dear ASCCA Members, 

I hope this message finds you well. I am pleased to provide an update on the significant progress and activities our Board members have been undertaking of late.

We are currently in the process of recruiting a CEO for ASCCA, a role that will initially be voluntary. Our goal is to secure funding through grant-based sources to financially support this position into the future. Over the past month, our board members have been diligently conducting interviews from a highly competitive field of candidates. We anticipate announcing the successful candidate in the coming weeks. 

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Thank you Anuska  

I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to our intern, Anushka, for her tremendous efforts over the past few months in her role as Grants Support Officer.   Anushka and I have worked together with various grant applications for ASCCA. Although she has this week completed her internship, Anushka has expressed a desire to continue contributing to ASCCA on a voluntary basis, which we are thrilled to support. 

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Brisbane Seniors Online plan mentor training day

Logo of Brisbane Seniors Online Association Inc. (BSOL), featuring the acronym ‘BSOL’ in large black letters. Above the ‘O’ is a graphic of a globe highlighting the Australia-Asia region, with a USB connector beneath it. The globe appears to be emerging from a silver laptop, which lies flat at the bottom of the logo.

Brisbane Seniors Online have scheduled a training and upskilling training day for active volunteer mentors in late July. This is known as BSOLutions and most recently been held in 2021 and 2023 in the beautiful Queensland Cricketer’s Club that overlooks the Gabba Cricket and Football ground. Publicity officer Dick Bennett said he hopes to run this event annually and for 2024 and 2025 have received substantial grants to run the events. COTA (Qld) who work collaboratively with Brisbane Seniors Online have offered BSOL funding to run the 2024 event. CEO of COTA (Qld) Darren Young is the current Patron of Brisbane Seniors Online. The 2025 event is being funded by a Federal Volunteers grant supported by Federal Member for Griffith Max Chandler-Mather with funding supplied by the Department of Social Security. 

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Cyber Safety Alert: Beware of myGov Scam Emails 

Logo of myGov, featuring the Australian Government coat of arms on the left, a black geometric arrow symbol in the centre, and the text ‘myGov’ on the right, all set against a light blue background

In recent weeks, we have seen a troubling increase in the number of scam emails claiming to be from myGov landing in inboxes. These emails are becoming increasingly sophisticated and can appear very convincing, posing a significant threat to our cyber safety. 

These scam emails often mimic legitimate myGov communications, making it difficult to distinguish them from the real thing. The scammers behind these emails aim to steal personal information or install malicious software on your device by tricking you into clicking on links or providing sensitive information. If you receive an email that you suspect might be a scam, here are some crucial steps to protect yourself: 

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From the President’s Desk

The image is a portrait of Jennifer Willcox, ASCCA President, a smiling senior woman with short grey hair. She's wearing glasses, hoop earrings, and a black V-neck top. A gold necklace with a circular pendant sits at her collarbone. The background is plain white, highlighting her as the main subject. Her cheerful expression conveys warmth and approachability.

May 2024 eNews

Happy May Day, 

As we step into the merry month of May, I wish to take a moment to connect with you all through ASCCA’s official newsletter. It’s a time of significant change and ongoing activities within our organisation, and I am keen to share some important updates and acknowledgments. 

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Be Connected – May 2024

"Digital Nation Australia 2021" created by Good Things Foundation Australia. It visually represents the digital divide and inclusion in Australia, highlighting various groups most at risk of digital exclusion, including people with disabilities, low-income households, older individuals, and remote rural residents. The infographic also shows statistics on digital access, ability, and the level of digital confidence among Australians, noting that less than 40% are confident they can keep up with technology. Additionally, it mentions that a significant portion of jobs requires digital skills and that many adults use apps connected to the internet. The design includes icons and illustrations representing different demographics and digital interaction scenarios, effectively summarizing the state of digital inclusion in Australia during the pandemic and its impact on various segments of the population.

Bridging the Digital Divide: The Vital Role of ASCCA Clubs 

In today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, the challenge of the digital divide remains a significant barrier for many, particularly older Australians. The Australian Digital Inclusion Index (ADII) reveals that one in four Australians are still digitally excluded, impacting their social integration, access to services, and overall quality of life (Good Things Foundation Australia) . 

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Clubs Forum May 2024

a promotional advertisement for the ASCCA Clubs Forum. It features the ASCCA logo with the tagline "Every Australian online." The event is scheduled for Friday, 10th May 2024 and is described as a "LIVE INTERACTIVE VIDEO CONFERENCE." It displays the time of the event across different Australian time zones: 11:00 AM AWST for Perth, 12:30 PM ACST for Darwin/Adelaide, and 1:00 PM AEST for Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane/Hobart/Canberra. The forum is set to occur on the second Friday of each month. This session's topic is "Health and Wellbeing Technology." Contact information for ASCCA is provided along with a URL for a registration or information form. The background is a gradient of blue hues, with an icon symbolizing growth or learning in a circular badge on the right side.

We sincerely apologise to those who attended the April Clubs Forum and have been awaiting the promised list of resources to support the topic of Grant Writing. On behalf of our busy President, we regret the delay and assure you that the material is on its way and will be emailed to you soon. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to provide you with the most helpful information. 

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Cyber Safety

What Are Deepfake and Audio Cloning Scams? 

Deepfake video and audio cloning scams use advanced artificial intelligence technologies to create highly realistic fake videos or audio recordings. These deepfakes can mimic a person’s appearance and voice, making it challenging to distinguish between real and fake content. This technology is increasingly being used by scammers to trick people into believing they are interacting with trusted figures like celebrities, family members, or corporate executives, often leading to financial fraud or data theft. 

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Snail Mail Scams 

a visual advertisement featuring a warning about snail mail scams. On the left side, there's a photo of a senior woman reading a piece of mail with a concerned expression, suggesting she is reading a suspicious or alarming piece of mail. The right side of the image has a geometric design with teal and purple colours and contains text that reads "Beware: Snail Mail Scam Alert! Tips to avoid falling victim to postal scams." The layout is designed to be informative and eye-catching, with a clear message about being cautious with mail that could potentially be a scam. The ASCCA logo is present, indicating that this is a message from the Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association.

Beware of Snail Mail Scams: Overpriced Business and Domain Renewals 

In today’s digital age, one might assume that traditional ‘snail mail’ no longer poses a significant risk for scams. However, an old scam that still catches businesses off guard involves the mailing of official-looking invoices for the renewal of business names or domain registrations at significantly inflated prices. 

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Telstra’s 3G Network Shutdown: What You Need to Know 

 The image captures a telecommunications worker in a cherry picker crane performing maintenance or installation work on a tall tower packed with various antennas and communication devices. The tower is situated in a dense, forested area, indicating a remote location. This type of work is essential for maintaining the connectivity infrastructure that enables mobile and wireless communication. The clear sky suggests fair weather conditions, which is typically preferred for such outdoor operations. The image likely represents efforts to upgrade or maintain the network, which could be related to the telecom advancements like transitioning from 3G to 4G or 5G services. 

As part of the technological shift towards more advanced communication standards, Telstra has announced the closure of its 3G network across Australia by 30 June 2024. This change highlights an urgent need for users of older mobile devices to check their phone’s capability, particularly for emergency calls over the 4G network using Voice over LTE (VoLTE) technology. 

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Mother’s Day 

Celebrating Mothers: The Pillars of Our Communities 

a celebratory graphic for Mother's Day, featuring a vibrant bouquet of pink and white tulips tied with a pale pink ribbon on the right side. The background is a simple gray texture. On the left, there's a circular design with the words "Mother's Day" written in a lively, decorative script, surrounded by small green hearts and leaf illustrations. This design effectively combines floral beauty with festive typography to convey a warm and affectionate Mother's Day greeting. 

This Mother’s Day, we take a moment to honour the extraordinary role that mothers and grandmothers play in our lives and communities. More than just a familial bond, the influence of these remarkable women extends through generations, shaping our values, traditions, and the very fabric of society. 

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