• Spark Jump

    Affordable internet: Spark Jump cost drops 33%; 5 more partners

    We’re delighted to announce that 5 more Spark Jump partners – three libraries, a Māori development organisation and a pc recycling trust. There are now 29 Spark Jump partners and we are looking for still more. More good news: the Spark Foundation have lowered the cost of prepay 30 GB/30 days from $15 to $10, making Spark Jump even more affordable. Read more at Stepping Up

  • eWaste Manifesto launched by eDay Trust

    The eDay Trust has produced a manifesto on eWaste, calling upon all political parties to support a sustainable solution. eWaste contains both toxic and valuable material, it is growing into a major problem and initiatives to date have not been sustainable. Read more

  • Will we leave them behind?

    Literacy Day – Rethinking literacy in a digital world

    The 20/20 Trust welcomes ‘literacy in a digital world’ as the focus for UNESCO’s International Literacy Day on 8 September.  Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, says digital technologies open vast new opportunities – but can marginalize those who lack essential skills, like literacy, needed to navigate them. “We couldn’t agree more,” said Laurence Millar, Chair of the 20/20 Trust.  “This is why we recently released a Digital Inclusion Manifesto … Read more

  • NetHui 2017 update and fellowships (help with costs)

    Want to come to NetHui (9-10 November) but can’t afford to? NetHui fellowships help pay for travel, accommodation, childcare, registration or other expenses. Applications close on 20 September. This year’s fellowships focus on bringing more youth, women and Māori and Pasifika people to NetHui. Read more

  • New 20/20 logo (white on dark blue)

    Digital Capability – escaping poverty and building for our future

    20/20 Trust today released a Digital Inclusion Manifesto (https://2020.org.nz/manifesto/): All New Zealanders with affordable access to the internet and the skills and confidence to use digital technologies for learning, for work and for life. 20/20 Trust Chair, Laurence Millar said there is widespread community support for these goals, but few government-funded programmes specifically address New Zealand’s digital divide. “Our Manifesto calls on government to prioritise digital inclusion and skills… Read more

  • Laurence Millar receiving the certificate from Mayor of Porirua Mike Tana

    2,000 Porirua families helped by e-Learning Porirua

    e-Learning Porirua celebrates having influenced the lives of over 2,000 low-income families in Porirua and their achievements, honours supporters of the Trust, and says end of funding leaves thousands of families unable to obtain computer skills. Read more at Computers in Homes

  • Fake News, Cyber Bullying and Digital Inclusion of concern in NZ

    New research released yesterday by InternetNZ shows that 74% New Zealanders  surveyed are concerned about Cyber Bullying, 64% about ‘fake news’,  and 50% are concerned about Digital Divide / Digital Inclusion. InternetNZ annually commissions market research company UMR to conduct research on Kiwis’ thoughts and attitudes to the Internet, including our hopes and fears of it. Read more

  • New record for Stepping UP set in the Hutt?

    Yesterday, Patrick Harlow emailed us from Hutt City to say “Today we had 15 students in the War Memorial library. A new high for me. As it was the Gmail module I had no issues coping with this number.” Patrick has tutored 187 courses in 3 years. A quick scan though the last 1,000 Stepping Read more at Stepping Up

  • Subsidised broadband Spark Jump bridges Digital Divide in Waikato

    Spark and Web Access Waikato Trust has announced that Spark Jump subsidised broadband is now available in Waikato through local school Whitiora School and not-for-profit organisations Te Kauwhata Community House and Te Whare Kokonga.  More students can now keep up with the digital skills necessary for today. Read more at Stepping Up

  • New tool maps Digital Divide in New Zealand

    A new map that clearly shows where digital divides exist in New Zealand is now available. The 20/20 Trust and InternetNZ teamed up to build an interactive map called the Digital Divide Map.  The colour-coded ‘HEAT’ map shows the different digital divides facing New Zealanders and their communities and complements the 20/20 Trust’s existing Digital Inclusion map. You can see Internet infrastructure access, digital skill gaps and socioeconomic divides broken down by area units across New Zealand. Read more