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ERIC Number: EJ899782
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
Towards a Digital Future
Thomson, Rachel
Adults Learning, v21 n1 p8-11 Sep 2009
A month ago, a French court ruled that internet access is a basic human right. Gordon Brown has said it is as crucial for people as electricity and water. Yet, 17 million Britons are still excluded from digital technology and an estimated 13 per cent of the population--some six million people--are both socially and digitally excluded. There are varying degrees of engagement across different media, with over one-third (36 per cent) of adults not having access to a computer and over two-fifths (42 per cent) lacking access to the internet, according to NIACE's most recent Annual Media Literacy Survey, published in November 2008. Lord Stephen Carter's Digital Britain report, published in June, aims to set that straight. Lord Carter sets out a raft of measures to address these problems--and to sustain Britain's position as a leading digital economy and society--including: (1) a three-year national plan to improve digital participation; (2) universal access to today's broadband services by 2012; (3) a "next-generation" fund for investment in tomorrow's broadband services; (4) digital radio upgrade by the end of 2015; (5) support for public service content partnerships; (6) a revised digital remit for Channel 4; and (7) consultation on funding options for national, regional and local news. In this article, the author discusses why the much-vaunted Digital Britain matters to adult learning policy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom