Digital Inclusion

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    A broader understanding of digital skills is needed for a more equal future

A broader understanding of digital skills is needed for a more equal future

As the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) publishes the 10th edition of its flagship Measuring the Information Society Report, one of the report’s contributing authors, LSE’s Dr Ellen Helsper, explains how the understanding of ICT skills should change to better reflect the inequalities in the outcomes that people actually achieve from the use of ICTs.

The issue of socio-economic inequalities, both nationally and internationally, is high […]

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    Education for digital citizenship is in vogue, but is it dominated by a new commercial landscape?

Education for digital citizenship is in vogue, but is it dominated by a new commercial landscape?

The impact of new technology on children and new forms of media is a constant area of concern among policy makers and educators (as well as among parents!) During US-based ‘Digital Citizenship Week’ LSE visiting fellow Ioanna Noula addresses the idea that children need education in the concept of ‘digital citizenship’ and explains how current approaches might be lacking. […]

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    What’s the point of “digital education”? Education, citizenship and sustainable digital lives

What’s the point of “digital education”? Education, citizenship and sustainable digital lives

Digitalization is transforming the possibilities of education, from initiatives to deliver basic education in the global south to programmes at the world’s leading teaching universities. Following the third meeting in LSE’s Digital Life series in June, Visiting Fellows Jonny Shipp and Dr Ioanna Noula discuss how education is responding to digitalization. They argue that relevant skills and a familiarity […]

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    Digital Inequality: Disadvantaged Young People Experience Higher Barriers to Digital Engagement

Digital Inequality: Disadvantaged Young People Experience Higher Barriers to Digital Engagement

Britain is rapidly digitising, increasing opportunities across a wide range of areas in our everyday lives, from interacting, to being informed and to undertaking transactions more rapidly and at lower cost. Yet, both academic and policy research show that the benefits achieved from digital engagement are not distributed equally. Dr. Ellen Helsper, an expert on digital inequality and Associate […]

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    Latin American countries join the US and UK amongst the highest performers in a new ‘Index on Digital Life’

Latin American countries join the US and UK amongst the highest performers in a new ‘Index on Digital Life’

Jonny Shipp, Public Affairs Director at Telefónica S.A. and Visiting Fellow at LSE, explores the initial findings from the recently published Index on Digital Life, and examines which countries are performing well – and those that still have work to do.

We live in a time of huge social and economic change, driven by digitalisation. It is vital that this change, and the […]

Measuring Inequalities in a Digital Britain

Dr Ellen Helsper is Associate Professor of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics. In collaboration with Go On UK, she has launched the UK Digital Exclusion Heatmap, which provides a visualisation and exploration of digital and social exclusion in the UK.

The UK Digital Exclusion Heatmap, launched today by Go On UK, confirms strong links between social […]

Digital skills for European citizens and consumers

Professor Sonia Livingstone spoke today on ‘Digital Skills for European Citizens and Consumers’ at the opening workshop, “Digital Skills for a Digital Single Market” , chaired by Roberto Viola, Deputy Director-General of DG Connect, at the Digital Assembly in Riga. To follow the conference on Twitter use the hashtags #DA15eu and #DA15eskills, and to contribute to the conversation about digital […]

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    New Forms of Digital Inequality: Disparities in offline benefits from internet use

New Forms of Digital Inequality: Disparities in offline benefits from internet use

A new report questioning the assumption that using the Internet and related ICTs is beneficial for everyone was released today. Here one of the authors, LSE’s Ellen Helsper, explains how increased online activity doesn’t always translate into tangible outcomes.

There may be many disagreements amongst UK politicians in the run up to the election but the one thing that […]

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    Maximising the opportunities for kids online – where are we?

Maximising the opportunities for kids online – where are we?

Professor Sonia Livingstone, project director of the EU Kids Online research project, looks at the implications of two new reports released by Ofcom last week on digital habits, arguing that there is still much to be done to improve children’s experiences online.

In commenting on Ofcom’s 2014 Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes report, I argued that children are […]

The citizen interest – still a thorny problem for Ofcom

LSE’s Sonia Livingstone and University of Leicester’s Peter Lunt, authors of Media Regulation: Governance and the interests of citizens and consumers, look at Ofcom’s new report: Citizens and communications services and outline four ways Ofcom can meet its obligations under the 2003 Communications Act to better grasp citizens’ interests. 

Clause 3 of the 2003 Communications Act states: “It shall be the principal […]