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COVID-19
Pandemic accelerates adoption but widens digital divide
1 in 10 Australians are digitally excluded, and it's estimated 1 in 5 New Zealanders struggle to engage in the digital world, an industry panel hears.
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Internet
COVID-19 crisis accentuating the need to bridge digital divide
The crisis has accentuated our dependence on digital technologies and exposed the reality of the digital divides between and within countries.
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NZTech
UPDATED: Election 2020 - Which parties care about tech's role in New Zealand
Technology should be flying high when it comes to government investment and commitment from New Zealand's political parties. But is it?
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Digital divide
Asia home to half of the world's internet users
Asia has 2.3 billion internet users, which equated to 50.3% of the world’s internet user population.
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Fibre
High-speed fibre now makes up half of fixed Internet in nine OECD countries
Overall, fibre broadband connections have increased 3% from 24% to 27% in the space of one year, indicating that it is still a slow process for many countries.
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Department of Internal Affairs
Digital divide most impacts Kiwis in social housing & the disabled
The ‘digital divide’ is still very much present in New Zealand society, with those in social housing and those with disabilities feeling the most impacted by inadequate internet access.
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AUT University
NZ's aged care population held back by digital divide
Aged care facilities are slow to provide WiFi access for residents, and interviewees said they would like to see aged care operators provide more support.
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Education
Digital divide anxiety as school year looms
As technology in the classroom becomes a necessity, many children could be starting at a disadvantage as the financial strain becomes too much.
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Digital divide
InternetNZ welcomes Govt's 99.8% broadband coverage plan
The additional coverage will roll out over the next four years as part of the Rural Broadband Initiative phase two/Mobile Black Spots Fund (RBI2/MBSF) programme expansion.
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Digital divide
Report gives voice to Kiwis experiencing digital exclusion
People surveyed in the report say they feel excluded, isolated, powerless and have limited opportunities because they are unable to access the internet.
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5G
Govt must be wary of increasing digital divide with 5G deployment - Chorus
The company has responded to a request from MBIE for feedback on the challenges and opportunities of a 5G rollout.
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Digital divide
Govt announces first eight members of digital divide taskforce
The Digital Economy and Digital Inclusion Advisory Group will advise the Govt on how it can build the digital economy and reduce digital divides.
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Digital Transformation
Exclusive interview: Polycom on bridging the digital divide & workplaces of the future
"I’ve worked on how we can remove the stereotype of how an engineer is a guy, and make it about the role itself."
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Artificial Intelligence
NZTech responds to digital divide report: "The government is right to raise this concern"
"Left unaddressed this digital divide will exacerbate the social divide."
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Government
Government report shines light on NZ's digital divide
Curran says the previous government didn’t make the report public until after the election as it exposed the digital divide in New Zealand.
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ICT
Govt. to appoint chief technology officer to close digital divide
“This Government intends to progress its goals to close the digital divide by 2020."
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Polycom
Bridging the rural-urban divide with technology, collaboration and bold ideas
What needs to be brought into focus now is that issues of inequality and lack of access are not limited to emerging or developing economies.
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Statistics NZ
New tech maps NZ's digital & socioeconomic divides
The Digital Divide map is an interactive tool which shows the different digital divides New Zealanders and their communities are facing.
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Computers in Homes
Digital inclusion efforts to continue after funding pulled
The Computers in Homes programme will no longer be funded by the government. 20/20 Trust will continue to try & help bridge the digital divide in NZ.
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Digital divide
Colwill School jumps towards digital equality in Massey
"We’re excited to see Spark Jump turn more homes in Massey into digital learning environments & enable more students to thrive in the digital world."
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Innovation Partnership
Could New Zealand be lagging behind in Digital Inclusion?
“As more and more services go online there’s an assumption that we can all get onto our devices and complete these activities.”
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Voice Control
Icelandic language at risk due to voice command tech
Fewer than 400,000 people speak Icelandic, and linguists are hypothesising that this is how the language dies.
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Digital divide
Kiwis love the internet but there's work to be done on our digital divide, says InternetNZ
"We are still concerned about the digital divides relating to household income, location and ethnicity groups."
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Climate change
Digital divide and climate change: Huawei outlines their commitments
“Our stakeholders are placing increasingly high requirements on us, and we are striving to turn these challenges into competitive advantage.”