• 20/20 goes to prison

    June Robinson (ICDL Manager) was part of a very special graduation ceremony in Auckland last week. In partnership with the Department of Corrections, the ICDL team have planned and implemented a pilot programme to improve the digital literacy of women in prison. Read more at ICDL New Zealand

  • COMPUTER CONFIDENCE: Te Puke’s Pat Govan attended several free computer classes at Te Puke Library. The classes are being offered again between now and mid-November. © Te Puke Times

    Boost your computer skills

    Te Puke’s Pat Govan admits she used to be wary of using her computer — but not now. After taking advantage of the free Stepping UP computer courses offered by Te Puke Library earlier this year she is using it more and more. Read more at Stepping Up

  • The Hon. Clare Curran giving her first Ministerial Keynote speech, at NetHui

    Digital inclusion: “We must never leave anyone behind” – Hon. Clare Curran

    The Hon. Clare Curran, the new Minister for Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, and for Government Digital Services laid out the new government plans and her priority action list today. In her  wide ranging speech – her first keynote speech as Minister – Clare Curran covered many digital issues, with a strong and consistent thread of digital inclusion and of addressing the rise of digital inequality in NZ. Read more

  • Beyond adversity – starting again, keeping safe

    Tania van der Vegte, then Whanganui Region Co-ordinator says “One of the difficult and rewarding parts of being a Computers in Homes Coordinator are the families’ stories of their lives. I have had the privilege of hearing several of our Computers in Homes families sharing with me their stories including those involving domestic violence.” Read more at Computers in Homes

  • 2016/17 Annual report cover

    Chair’s 2017 Annual Report: well-being and digital inclusion

    Poverty was one of the big issues in the 2017 New Zealand election. The Digital Divide Map, a joint project with our strategic partner Internet NZ, shows that there is a strong correlation between social well-being and digital inclusion (measured by access to the internet and digital skills). Our research has shown that digital skills provide a unique stepping stone to escape from poverty by reducing daily costs, improving employment and earning capacity. Read more

  • Manukau City Baptist Church

    Subsidised broadband Spark Jump bridges Digital Divide in Manukau

    Spark and 20/20 announce subsidised pre-pay broadband is now available in Manukau through Manukau City Baptist Church so that more children can develop the digital skills necessary for today. Spark Jump is for families with children up to the age of 18 who do not currently have a broadband connection at home and have suitable 4G coverage. Read more at Stepping Up

  • Join us at NetHui 2017 – first 3 free

    NetHui is New Zealand’s most diverse and interactive Internet community event – and this year’s conversation promises to be as engaging as ever with a sterling line-up of keynotes, panels and facilitated sessions. We are super excited to support this event as session facilitators and as an InternetNZ strategic partner. We would love you to come and join in the conversation. Read more

  • Computers in Homes Annual Report 2016-17 cover

    Restored funding – what it means for NZ families

    It’s tremendous news that the NZ Labour/NZ First Coalition have just announced in their Coalition Agreement that they will “Restore funding for Computers in Homes”! The new Annual Report 2016/17 shows why the programme is so important – and successful – in helping New Zealand families get full benefit of being online. Read more at Computers in Homes

  • Coalition Agreement restores funding for Computers in Homes

    Coalition Agreement restores funding for Computers in Homes

    Laurence Millar, Chair of the 20/20 Trust, expressed his delight at this news. “Computers in Homes has been operating for 17 years and has supported nearly 19,000 families, but we estimate there are still 40,000 households with school-aged children without access to the internet,” he said.  “Today’s announcement will help ensure the children in these households are not disadvantaged in their learning, and that the adults have the opportunity to use digital skills in all aspects of their lives.” Read more

  • Michael Gurstein at Round Table on Inclusion in the Network Society, Bengaluru, India, 2014

    Michael Gurstein 1944-2017, Community Informatics visionary

    We note with sadness the death of Michael Gurstein at the age of 73. Michael Gurstein was an inspirational and visionary Canadian, the ‘father’ of Community Informatics, and a friend of the 20/20 Trust and  other community organisations all over the world who share the goal of Effective use of the Internet to benefit everyone. Read more