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

International Day for the eradication pf poverty, 17th October.

World Poverty Day – how can digital skills help?

Tuesday was the 25th United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty – World Poverty Day. In the face of cold damp expensive housing, high poverty rates and steady numbers of people unemployed, digital skills and internet access can seem to be an unaffordable luxury.  But they can help, in many ways… ... Read more

20/20's Sue West talking to AUT security students

Sue’s tips address top NZ web security worries

Recently 20/20’s Sue West was a guest lecturer for AUT students of Information Security Technologies. Dr William Liu, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader, invited Sue because of her expertise and knowledge of digital inclusion and web security related challenges and opportunities. We share Sue’s top 5 tips for web security. ... Read more

Global Human Capital Report 2017 - GNI extract showing NZ is high on index, but lags behind the top group in Gross National Income per capita

Global Human Capital Report ranks NZ 7th; GDP lags; stresses digital fluency and lifelong learning

The World Economic Forums The Global Human Capital Report 2017 – Preparing people for the future of work provides a new benchmark for leaders to build the workforces of the future, with score cards for 130 countries researched. Its future focus reinforces the economic and social need for digital literacy and digital inclusion in building human capital. ... Read more

Will we leave them behind?

Support grows for Digital Inclusion Manifesto

More organisations are signing up to the Digital Inclusion Manifesto. which calls for digital inclusion in all government programmes. 20/20 Trust Chair, Laurence Millar said there is widespread community support for the Manifesto’s 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

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

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