JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE

Internet-mediated volunteering in the EU. Its history, prevalence, and approaches and how it relates to employability and social inclusion

Internet-mediated volunteering in the EU. Its history, prevalence, and approaches and how it relates to employability and social inclusion
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Abstract: 
This is a state of the art review to understand the dynamics of Internet-mediated volunteering in general and specific to European Union (EU) countries, the key actors and stakeholders, drivers and barriers, uptake and usage, and potential challenges and risks for users, donors, policy makers and service operators. It reviews the early history of Internet-mediated volunteering, also known as virtual volunteering, online volunteering, microvolunteering, crowdsourcing, and various other names, in Europe, and assesses the current status of such in EU countries. This report also reviews possible linkages between Internet-mediated volunteering and greater employability and social inclusion for online volunteers, particularly young people. Finally, it identifies areas for EU policy development, review and refinement, and makes recommendations for future research.