MANIFESTO FOR DIGITAL INCLUSION summary
1. ALL PEOPLE living in New Zealand are ABLE to FULLY PARTICIPATE in the digital world.
No-one left behind
– Lead and resource a national Digital Inclusion Agenda
2. All New Zealanders have EQUITABLE ACCESS to digital technologies and online services to enhance their lives, irrespective of geographic location and physical ability.
The Internet is even more vital for isolated or disabled people
– Fund rural school-based local wi-fi and assistive technology
3. ‘AT-RISK’ families are supported with ACCESS to the internet and the necessary SKILLS to make effective use of online services.
These families are high consumers of online government services
– Start national upskilling programme for intermediary organisations
4. CHILDREN HAVE ACCESS to future-focused digital learning opportunities, including online access FROM THEIR HOMES and digitally literate whānau to support their learning.
You can’t do homework research without Internet
– Reinstate / increase funding of programmes for at-risk families with school-aged children
5. School leavers are equipped with WORK READY skills, including digital skills.
Social media skills are NOT workplace skills
– Mandate digital skills component in all ‘ready for work’ programmes
6. New Zealand BUSINESSES employ digitally skilled people to improve PRODUCTIVITY.
End the 5-year NZ ‘productivity recession’
– Invest in workplace-based digital skills training
7. New Zealanders can use their digital skills to maintain a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE and respond positively to social challenges.
Online services improve personal health care and services
– Offer digital skills and access to those in need of health advice, with DHBs and PHOs
8. New Zealand SENIORS have access to digital technologies and the digital skills to REMAIN CONNECTED with their families and communities.
Seniors are asking for help to go online and stay connected
– Fund community and home-based digital literacy programmes for seniors
About the digital inclusion manifesto
This manifesto has been developed by the 20/20 Trust after consultation with community and business organisations that recognise the critical importance of digital inclusion as the next step in New Zealand’s journey towards a digital economy. We are all currently engaged in or are supporting digital initiatives that focus on the people in our communities who face the greatest risk of digital exclusion.
We believe that all New Zealanders should have affordable access to the internet and the necessary digital skills and confidence to enhance their learning and employment opportunities and to engage online with government, their whānau and communities.
What is digital inclusion?
A digitally included person is someone who has:
- Motivation to use the internet
- Affordable access to the internet
- Core digital skills
- Trust in online services
Digital inclusion is when everyone has real opportunity to be digitally included.