Liberty Global, Inc. (“Liberty Global”) (NASDAQ: LBTYA, LBTYB and LBTYK) has partnered with non-profit organization Telecentre-Europe AISBL (“Telecentre-Europe”) as one of the main supporters of Get Online Week 2012, a digital inclusion campaign that will engage 200,000 off-liners to learn e-skills. The company has marked the occasion with the launch of ‘Internet Buttons’, a free web tool that makes web surfing super easy for internet beginners and seniors. The web tool allows those confident using the internet to create an easy-to-use, customized web browser for friends or family members who are new to the web or find it confusing. Liberty Global plans to roll out localised versions of ‘Internet Buttons’ across its European footprint starting with Ireland, Poland and the Netherlands.
Manuel Kohnstamm, Managing Director of Public Policy & Communications for Liberty Global said: “We are proud to be one of the key partners of Get Online Week. The launch of ‘Internet Buttons’ is a testament to our commitment towards bridging the digital divide by bringing generations together through the use of technology. We believe this new tool will help reduce the isolation issue for older people and help them become active users of the internet.”
Designed by the not-for-profit company We Are What We Do, ‘Internet Buttons’ has been created as a resource for seniors, their families and their communities. It is a web tool that anyone can use to simplify the internet for someone they know. A personalized page of buttons can be set up for someone new to or nervous about the net through a dedicated website, such as the Irish site that launched earlier today www.internetbuttons.ie. The buttons click through to their favorite websites or services, and are saved on their own URL that can be accessed from any computer. It removes all the complicated parts of the internet and there are also plenty of helper bars, tips and advice on the site to explain everything.Get Online Week Get Online Week 2012 is a digital inclusion campaign that runs from March 26th-30 th. The event is organized by Telecentre-Europe and supported by the European Commission and a number of international organizations, including Liberty Global, Microsoft and European Broadcasting Union. Telecentre-Europe is the network of national telecentres that play a prominent role in bringing digital opportunity to all European citizens and thereby improve their quality of life, employability and social and civic participation. Get Online Week 2012 will help people to get online, find work, learn new skills, and get more out of life. It will bring together 5,000 telecentres in over 50 countries across Europe, Eurasia and Africa to support at least 200,000 people in their online journeys. This year, the telecentre networks involved will use new learning products that will support the themes of intergenerational learning, youth employability, active aging, civic participation, social engagement and women in ICT. About Liberty Global, Inc. Liberty Global is the leading international cable operator offering advanced video, voice and broadband internet services to connect its customers to the world of entertainment, communications and information. As of December 31, 2011, Liberty Global’s continuing businesses operated state-of-the-art networks serving 20 million customers across 13 countries principally located in Europe and Chile. Liberty Global’s operations also include significant programming businesses such as Chellomedia in Europe.