Advisors needed for Government Digital Inclusion Blueprint

The Hon. Clare Curran giving her first Ministerial Keynote speech, at NetHui
The Hon. Clare Curran announced the group in her first Ministerial Keynote speech, at NetHui

Minister Clare Curran has called for expressions of interest in serving on a new Digital Advisory Group she is setting up; its first priority is to develop a Blueprint for digital inclusion and digital enablement.

The group will be up to 15 people – who may be nominated by organisation(s) – who reflect New Zealand’s diverse communities, age groups and ethnicities, including perspectives from Māori. The closing date is 31st January 2018.

Blueprint top priority

The Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media and Government Digital Services Minister had announced her intention to form this group in her first speech as Minister, at InternetNZ’s NetHui last month.  In the same speech she announced the Blueprint as one of her 5 priorities for the first 100 days of the coalition government and their ambitious target of eliminating digital divides by the year 2020.

Seeking best thinkers, enthusiasm and great work

Ms Curran says “Genuine collaboration is needed if we are serious about increasing productivity, growing the digital economy and reducing the digital divides. That’s why I haven’t pre-determined the group’s membership and am seeking the best thinkers across the community.

“I want to harness the enthusiasm and great work that’s already happening across the country, and to see what we can deliver together for New Zealanders.”

Key questions

The key questions for the Digital Economy and Digital Inclusion Advisory Group to consider include:

  • What is the current state of the ICT sector and ICT capability throughout the economy, society, and government?
  • What are the possible future scenarios and their relative merits?
  • What would be required to achieve an optimal future state?
  • What should a Blueprint for digital inclusion and digital enablement look like?
  • How might we most effectively work together to build our digital economy, improve productivity and increase the economic benefits of the internet?
  • How might we better understand the ‘digital divides’ between people who can have access to the internet and can use digital tools, and those who do not?
  • What would it take to eliminate digital divides by 2020?
  • How might we identify develop the skill sets needed for the work of the future?
  • Do we need to take steps to accelerate/optimise infrastructure rollouts such as UFBl/2/2+, RBl2 and 5G? If so, what steps could and should we take?
  • How should Government evolve its own ICT use in sectors where it plays a prominent role, such as health, education and justice?
  • What would be needed for New Zealand to:
    • Increase its position relative to other countries in measures like the Networked Readiness index?
    • Increase the amount that ICT contributes to GDP so that it is the second largest contributor to the economy by 2025?

Further information

Government press release: https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/digital-advisory-group-be-established

Terms of Reference and application form: http://www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/science-innovation/digital-economy/dedimag    Closing date is 31st January 2018.

NetHui speech: https://www.beehive.govt.nz/speech/address-nethui-2017-aotea-centre-auckland

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