Digital Inclusion Manifesto

We’re living in a digital age that is bringing new ways of working, learning, connecting and participating in our society. Digital technologies have the potential to improve our quality of life by providing better access to information and services, but many Australians are being left behind.

Go Digi is working towards a future where all Australians are able to improve their quality of life through technology. As part of this, Go Digi has developed a 6-point plan in collaboration with community organisations and individuals. The Digital Manifesto can be used as a framework and vision for how digital inclusion can be addressed in Australia.
 

6-point plan for Australia to become a digitally inclusive society

 

1.  Initiatives that are community driven

Digital inclusion initiatives need to be inspired, championed and enriched by local and culturally-relevant needs. Communities should tap into the creativity and innovation of Australians from all walks of life to develop digital inclusion initiatives. Community driven initiatives that are designed to be flexible, adaptive and supportive of learners. These may include face-to-face support, peer support groups, intergenerational learning, locally relevant training and use of community languages.

2. Communities that are empowered by digital technology

Towns and communities in regional, rural and remote Australia need to create new opportunities for their residents. Thriving digital communities may use technology to design solutions to social and economic issues, create new industries, improve education outcomes, attract regional teleworkers and strengthen community connections.

3.  Policy that is integrated and visionary

Policies and programs across government, corporations, small to medium enterprises, and not-for-profits need to give full consideration to their future impact on digital inclusion. Policies should enable all Australians to participate in civic life as digital citizens.

4. Physical spaces that are accessible, vibrant and connected

People need access to physical places where they can access digital technology and support. Libraries, community centres, public buildings, educational institutions, workplaces, health and aged care facilities all have potential to become physical hubs for enabling digital learning and participation.

5. Lifelong learning that is available to all

Digital technologies will continue to change. Everyone needs to continually develop and update their skills. Digital literacy will be essential for future jobs and in the future all Australians will need digital skills to participate in the workforce. A variety of learning opportunities needs to be available to suit the widely varying needs of learners; these will include informal and formal mentoring programs, online learning options and structured learning programs within formal education systems and workplaces.

6.  Technology that is universally available and accessible to all  

Everyone has the right to learn, create and use digital technology in a safe and secure environment. Affordable access to digital technology, as well as programs, platforms and interfaces designed in accordance with the principles of universal access, needs to be recognised as a human right, as much a necessity of modern life as access to electricity. Efforts must be made to minimise the costs of internet access and hardware to ensure that a digital divide does not further disadvantage the most vulnerable members of our society.

 

 

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