May 2024

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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