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Digitally inclusive Britain

24 May 2010

I was interested to read Martha Lane Fox’s letter to the Observer about Britain’s Digital inclusion. This has been a topic of debate for many years now, however there were two statistics that stood out for me.

[Their] numbers show that 10 million people in the UK today have never used the internet and of this figure 4 million are from socially disadvantaged backgrounds.

This is the first time I’d read about Race Online 2010 and Martha’s role in it. If you have five minutes it’s worth reading up on their research. If these stats are correct then that’s a huge challenge but an incredibly important one. Many would agree that we’re now truly in an information age. To thrive in this, the whole of society must be equipped with the skills and knowledge – that society must be digitally inclusive.

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