Pulse of our Nation MBIE report looks at digital in/exclusion in NZ

Digital Divide exposed by ‘Pulse of our Nation’ report

Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Clare Curran has released a research report describing the digital divide in New Zealand. Ms Curran says: “We’re doing well in terms of improving connectivity for New Zealanders, but while more people are getting better connectivity, more people are also being left behind. ... Read more

New NZ report: the State of the Internet 2017

20/20 strategic partner InternetNZ has released the 2017 State of the Internet report, looking at 1) access to the Internet, 2) creative uses of the Internet, and 3) look at trust and security issues in New Zealand. Amongst other conclusions, InternetNZ said “We are going to focus much more on digital divides…” ... Read more

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

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

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

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

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