Privacy Week 2016, 9th-14th May, Privacy Commissioner, Te Mana Matapono Matatapu

Privacy week: worrying issues and useful tools

Last week was World Privacy Week, highlighting issues of privacy, trust and confidence on the web and in the real world. Here is our selection of recent reports and surveys, useful tools and good advice for keeping yourself safe on line. ... Read more

Digital Inclusion map grows in coverage and flexibility

The 2020 Trust’s Digital Inclusion map (at has reached a milestone, with over 500 resources ‘pins’ added. 2020 launched the prototype Digital Inclusion map at InternetNZ’s NetHui in July 2015. At the launch, the Executive Director of the 2020 Trust explained, “The digital sector needs a better understanding of who is working with which communities,to build and grow ... Read more

New Internet Report: The Digital Divide Persists

A new World Internet Project report (pdf, 2MB) released today by AUT concludes that many New Zealanders continue to be digitally disadvantaged.  The Executive Director of the World Internet Project in New Zealand, Dr Philippa Smith, says that the report shows the digital divide still persists.  She commented that age and household income are still ... Read more

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Interim Executive Director for 2020 Trust

Media Statement, for release 3 March 2016, 9am Laurence Millar has stepped down from his position as Chair to take up the role of Executive Director, following the resignation of Vanisa Dhiru, who will leave the organisation on 10 March to complete her research and further her academic qualifications. “The Trust is widely recognised for ... Read more

A better internet is up to all of us

Opinion piece published on, 11 February 2016 By Vanisa Dhiru, Executive Director – 2020 Trust Whether we like it or not, the internet is part of our lives. I spent 30 minutes on Skype this weekend with a friend overseas, helping him set up a new iPhone he had gifted his mother. In minutes we had set up ... Read more

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2020 Trust adds two Auckland based Trustees

Over the last 12 -18 months the 2020 Trust has increased delivery of their digital literacy programmes in the Auckland region. This is in response to the fact that more than 30% of the NZ families with children that have no internet access are in the greater Auckland region. To support this move into Auckland, the 2020 Trust is ... Read more

Research: Digital Inclusion and Meaningful Broadband Adoption Initiatives

A new study of eight digital inclusion organisations in the USA strongly supports the approach taken in New Zealand by the 2020 Trust, partners, government and supporters with Computers in Homes and other 2020 initiatives. The report by Dr. Colin Rhinesmith, Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Oklahoma, ... Read more

Chair’s Report, 2014-15

Trust Chair Laurence Millar reviews the year to June: in 15 years of Computers in Homes helped 15,000 families, and a review shows continuing strong need and value for money;  ICDL will upskill 7,500 jobseekers over three years; Executive Director, staff, contractors and partners keep focus on digital inclusion. ... Read more

Six more schools put their stories on Living Heritage

Recently four – no, now it’s six – New Zealand primary schools researched and published stories on Living Heritage. There are nearly 150 schools’ stories online. Living Heritage is a bilingual initiative enabling school students to develop and publish an online resource, based on a heritage treasure in their community, preserving them for future generations in the National Library archive. ... Read more