Infoxchange’s Digital Inclusion agenda works to ensure no one is left behind in the digital age.
Our Digital Inclusion Program works to ensure everyone, regardless of income, age, gender, ethnicity, employment, or ability has equal and affordable access to technology and the digital literacy skills that support full participation in modern society.
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What is digital inclusion?
Digital inclusion ensures affordable and equal access to technology, together with ICT skills development, is available to all members of our community irrespective of income, ability or disadvantage.
The importance of digital inclusion
It remains an alarming fact that in 2013:
- 1.8 million Australian households have no internet connection.
- A large percentage of those on the wrong side of the digital divide are compounded by other forms of disadvantage, exclusion or vulnerability.
- A growing evidence base, globally and within Australia, demonstrates that those digitally excluded are more likely to encounter profound disadvantage.
The ability to access, use, create and share knowledge using Information Communication Technology is critical to social inclusion. Technology is embedded in the very fabric of modern society and it is easy to assume that the rewards are available to all.
For many, the benefits of technology can be unavailable, inaccessible or unaffordable.
Equal and affordable access to technology is fundamental to avoiding the entrenchment of disadvantage of those not digitally included.
How Infoxchange is leading the way to a more digitally inclusive society
Digital inclusion is not just about building a high-speed broadband network, it is also about ensuring affordability and that users can overcome adoption barriers and are empowered to have the skills to fully benefit from being digitally engaged.
There is a growing body of evidence that shows the importance and direct correlation between digital inclusion and better social and civic engagement, improved quality of life and higher educational achievement. Digital inclusion also enhances the ability to participate in the workforce and benefit from economic development opportunities. For those digitally excluded, it is neither fair nor right that the opportunities afforded to so many are still unavailable or inaccessible to those who can arguably benefit the most.