Strengthening Digital Literacy in Western NSW

Leep delivered its first Digital Mentor Training last week as part of its Be Connected Capacity Builders program. Held at Café Connect in Orange, the training took aspiring volunteer digital mentors through topics that included how to inspire reluctant new-users, using accessibility features and some essential basics such as email,…

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Digital Futures: the New Underclass (Audio)

Dr Josie Barnard investigates the deep social divides created by the digital world and asks what skills are needed to be a digital citizen and the consequences of not having these skills. Dr Barnard talks about the three layers of being digitally engaged:     Access – do you physically…

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The Building Digital Skills grant with Be Connected

If you’re already delivering a digital literacy program in Australia you may be eligible for the Building Digital Skills grants. The Be Connected Network has said that all partners “who have registered 24 people on the Be Connected Learning Portal (12 people if you’re in an outer regional, remote or…

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Society 4.0 Forum, 30 October, Melbourne

The Swinburne University is holding an event dedicated to looking at our future society in regards to enabling digital equity, as well as employment trends. Swinburne University defines Society 4.0 as “the societal implications of living with, adapting to, and securing wellbeing in the digital economy”. This year's themes are:…

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How Hitnet can service Aboriginal Communities

Hitnet Community Hubs, found in medical service waiting rooms,  are a one-stop-shop and enables people from digitally excluded areas to have online access to culturally appropriate health and social content and information.  Read the full article here: https://www.ahmrc.org.au/how-hitnet-can-service-aboriginal-communities/

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Growing a Digital Future for Australian Agriculture National Forum

The Australian Government announced a $220 million Stronger Regional Connectivity Package earlier this year. The program includes a digital tech hub to address and improve digital literacy, and help regional communities build digital skills and confidence in navigating the online space to overcome social and economic exclusion. The Digital Tech…

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New report shows many Australians can’t afford digital services

The recent Australian Digital Inclusion Index (ADII) has found that affordability remains one of the critical barriers preventing digital inclusion, that geographic location has a large impact on a person’s affordability to be online and that younger people often struggle to remain online due to a combination of housing costs,…

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