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=== What is the Digital Divide? ===
 
=== What is the Digital Divide? ===
  
The use of Information Technology (IT) has increased rapidly due to the proliferation of end-user devices available to individuals and the ubiquitous connectivity of these devices. Businesses and the Government are exploiting these channels they offer benefits because of their efficiencies and reach. The majority of individuals in the UK are connected and on-line, with varying degrees of skills and confidence. But a significant number of individuals are not connected and this has resulted in what it known as The Digital Divide.
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The use of Information Technology (IT) has increased rapidly due to the proliferation of end-user devices available to individuals and the ubiquitous connectivity of these devices. Businesses and the Government are exploiting these channels they offer benefits because of their efficiencies and reach. Many people are now connected and on-line, but with varying degrees of skills, confidence and equipment. A significant number of individuals are not connected, or have inadequate skills, confidence or equipment and this has resulted in what it known as The Digital Divide.
  
 
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[[File:DLBC_photo_2.png|800px]]
  
===Three Key Questions===   
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===Changing Perceptions of the Digital Divide===   
We have asked three questions concerning the Digital Divide with particular focus on
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Historically the Digital Divide has, despite research and warnings to the contrary, been regarded as a problem primarily for older people. The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020/21 has clearly illustrated this is not the case and the Digital Divide has its roots in a number of factors:
The Digital Left Behind Community (DLBC).
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# The abilities and desires of people to use technology
#What is the current size of the DLBC in the UK?
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# The degree to which technology, products and solutions have been designed to be inclusive
#How is the current size of the DLBC changing?
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# The availability of appropriate equipment
#What are the main underlying causes of its existence?
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Many Governments had equated access and use of smart Internet connected devices such as tablets and phones as proof of the lack of a Digital Divide in younger generations. In reality access to adequate numbers of Internet connected devices to conduct ''work'', and the skills to use them, is often limited. Many households have no access to laptops or computers with keyboards.  Many more had only one laptop for the whole family. It is therefore challenging in the extreme for all members of a family to be schooled and work remotely.
  
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===What should be done?===
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This website represents the public repository of a volunteer community from both industry and academia that is looking at the problem of the Digital Divide.  The community's activities are in three primary areas:
  
Drawing on the answers to those three questions:
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# Research around the size, personal and economic impact of the Digital Divide
#What are the priority social and economic issues?
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# Research into the causes of the Digital Divide and what might be practically done to close it
#How and by whom might these be mitigated?
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# Development of new industry best practices to help close the Digital Divide
  
 
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It is hoped that in addressing these three areas in parallel then sufficient insight and pressure can be generated to assist in closing the Divide.
====1. What is the size of the Digitally Left Behind Community?====
 
There are two sides to the Digital Divide:
 
''Elite users'' regularly manage money digitally online and use multiple digital devices. They regularly use e-mails, stream video and shop online.
 
''The DLBC'' in comparison use very basic digital communication. They have little or no evidence of digital behaviours.
 
If we consider the UK population, 16.9 million (one third) of adults in the UK with a bank account have the lowest level of digital engagement[https://www.lloydsbank.com/assets/media/pdfs/banking_with_us/whats-happening/lb-consumer-digital-index-2020-report.pdf].
 
 
 
These figures exclude the 1.3M adults without a bank account. We calculate that the DLBC Total is 18.2M or 35% of an adult population size of 52.4M.
 
 
 
====2. How is the current size of the DLBC changing?====
 
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====3. What are the main underlying causes of its existence?====
 
Some additional text
 
  
 
===Spreadsheet of data===
 
===Spreadsheet of data===
 
The following spreadsheet was compiled by Chris Winter and the DLBC team.  It contains a list of useful published information:
 
The following spreadsheet was compiled by Chris Winter and the DLBC team.  It contains a list of useful published information:
 
[[File:Information_gathered.xlsx]]
 
[[File:Information_gathered.xlsx]]

Revision as of 11:04, 27 January 2021

What is the Digital Divide?

The use of Information Technology (IT) has increased rapidly due to the proliferation of end-user devices available to individuals and the ubiquitous connectivity of these devices. Businesses and the Government are exploiting these channels they offer benefits because of their efficiencies and reach. Many people are now connected and on-line, but with varying degrees of skills, confidence and equipment. A significant number of individuals are not connected, or have inadequate skills, confidence or equipment and this has resulted in what it known as The Digital Divide.

DLBC photo 2.png

Changing Perceptions of the Digital Divide

Historically the Digital Divide has, despite research and warnings to the contrary, been regarded as a problem primarily for older people. The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020/21 has clearly illustrated this is not the case and the Digital Divide has its roots in a number of factors:

  1. The abilities and desires of people to use technology
  2. The degree to which technology, products and solutions have been designed to be inclusive
  3. The availability of appropriate equipment

Many Governments had equated access and use of smart Internet connected devices such as tablets and phones as proof of the lack of a Digital Divide in younger generations. In reality access to adequate numbers of Internet connected devices to conduct work, and the skills to use them, is often limited. Many households have no access to laptops or computers with keyboards. Many more had only one laptop for the whole family. It is therefore challenging in the extreme for all members of a family to be schooled and work remotely.

What should be done?

This website represents the public repository of a volunteer community from both industry and academia that is looking at the problem of the Digital Divide. The community's activities are in three primary areas:

  1. Research around the size, personal and economic impact of the Digital Divide
  2. Research into the causes of the Digital Divide and what might be practically done to close it
  3. Development of new industry best practices to help close the Digital Divide

It is hoped that in addressing these three areas in parallel then sufficient insight and pressure can be generated to assist in closing the Divide.

Spreadsheet of data

The following spreadsheet was compiled by Chris Winter and the DLBC team. It contains a list of useful published information: File:Information gathered.xlsx