Digital Inclusion

Digital Switchover Guru Reflects on London’s Big Day

Michael Starks, of the Oxford Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy, played a key role in the digital switchover project for the BBC and then for the UK government. He went on to write a leading book and found an academic journal on the topic. As London enters the post analogue age, he reflects on the process in this […]

Social Digital Series: Digital by Default – Excluded by Default?

It’s time for a rethink. Policies and initiatives that take digital by default as a starting point ignore the complexity of the field they manoeuvre in. Worse, they lead to a real danger that a large part of the population will become digitally excluded by default. That should not be acceptable in a country that wants to be Europe’s information society frontrunner, […]

Social Digital Series: Can Broadband Bertie put Online Adoption at the Heart of Digital Britain?

Patrick Barwise, emeritus professor at London Business School and chairman of Which?, argues that the goal of Digital Britain should be leadership in e-commerce, as well as online adoption and public services.

Getting people online faster than in other countries should be at the heart of the Government’s long-term vision for Digital Britain.

This would build on our competitive strength as […]

Social Digital Series: E-health Inequalities Highlight Issues in Impact

Ray Jones, Professor of Health Informatics at Plymouth University, proposes a new way to assess the impact of initiatives to get people online.

Governments and others think it important to address the digital divide through generic initiatives such as Race Online 2012. But would a more issue specific approach improve implementation and evaluation?

Our research suggests that evaluations of e-inclusion should focus […]

Social Digital Series: We’ve got the data – now we need to work together

Helen Milner, Chief Executive at Online Centres Foundation and Managing Director at UK Online Centres, looks forward to the upcoming Social Digital Symposium hoping for collaborative gains.

In advance of the research symposium we’re hosting next week with the LSE Media Policy Project, I thought I’d take the chance to share with you my thoughts about the digital skills landscape […]

Social Digital Series: Reflecting on the State of Social Digital Behaviour in the UK

Social digital behaviour, in the form of building digital skills and improving digital literacy, has been part of the political, social and academic landscape in the UK for at least a decade. Initiatives have been set up by the government, the third sector, and commercial and other partners, with the aim of improving socio-economic well-being and creating greater equality […]

Comms Review Series: Scotland Seeks Power in Broadcasting & Broadband

Philip Schlesinger, Professor in Cultural Policy at the University of Glasgow and Visiting Professor in Media and Communication at the LSE, assesses proposals to the Communications Review consultation by Scottish interests.

Responses from Scotland to the Communications Review Consultation offer a good indication of how debate is likely to be shaped north of the border once the Green Paper has […]

Europe’s Digital Agenda: boosting access & breaking barriers

Davide Morisi, with the European Commission’s Communication Directorate points out that encouraging the digital single market in Europe is not just about infrastructure, but also about harmonizing regulation and much more.

In March 2010 the European Commission launched the “Europe 2020 Strategy”, a wide and comprehensive plan for fostering sustainable and inclusive growth within the European area. One of […]

Spectrum & Skills key to UK Broadband Future

There are no technical barriers to achieving universal broadband coverage in the UK, only economic ones.

This poignant and direct observation set the backdrop for the UK Broadband Futures conference in London on 10 October. The bulk of Jeremy Hunt’s £530m broadband fund has been allocated to local authorities, and recently George Osborne allocated £150m in Treasury funds for wireless […]

November 11th, 2011|Digital Inclusion|0 Comments|

Debunking Internet Myths: slow, centralised and local reality

The UK Government remains consistent in its commitment to roll out “superfast” broadband across the country. But what does superfast broadband mean and will having superfast broadband in the UK really give the increased in capacity and access to global content that it should. A July report from Ofcom on internet speeds and research presented at the Annenberg/Oxford Media […]