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NAICE publishes survey on digital participation
According to a survey published today by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NAICE), over one-third of all adults (37 per cent) don't have regular access to the Internet, and just under a third (32 per cent) lack access to a computer.
The survey suggests digital participation is heavily dependent on class and income as 86 per cent of ABs have regular access to a computer or laptop, compared to 70 per cent of C2s and only 45 per cent of DEs.
NIACE's Annual Survey of Digital Participation, is published today at a joint NIACE/Ofcom conference being held in London.
The survey reports that for those adults using digital technology:
Rachel Thomson, a senior programme Director at NIACE said: "All of NIACE's research over recent years, points to an absolute connection between the learning poor, the economically poor and the digitally poor. The findings of this survey illustrate the harsh reality of the continuing digital divide.
"When universal broadband access is already established as a governmental goal for 2012, these findings show that there is still a long way to go. Digital technology is vital for day to day life and will only become more so. People need to be empowered so they can gain more from all media in terms of education, information, entertainment and communications. Everyone should be given the chance to become informed, active and engaged in the digital world, through motivation and opportunities to learn."
Robin Blake, head of media literacy at Ofcom said: "Developing digital life skills is an essential part of bridging the digital divide and experiencing the benefits of Digital Participation. We have a long-standing relationship with NIACE and appreciate the important role they play in promoting high-quality and relevant learning experiences for people seeking to develop their digital life skills.
"We are delighted that NIACE are members of the Consortium for the promotion of Digital Participation and look forward to working with them and other partners to inspire, inform and support people as they embark on their digital journeys."
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