This Dialogue & Debate webinar from Cumberland Lodge will explore the importance of ensuring that people have access to digital technologies and the internet, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We will be drawing on key findings and recommendations from our Cumberland Lodge Report on Digital Inclusion: Bridging Divides, which will be published in July.
This interactive live webinar will be presented by our Chief Executive, Dr Edmund Newell, with live polls and audience questions.
We will be welcoming guest panellists:
- Robin Christopherson MBE - Head of Digital Inclusion, AbilityNet
- Lauren Razavi - Writer, Speaker and Strategist
How to join
You can join this webinar on Zoom, as a non-video participant, and interact with the panel via our live Q&A. Please register in advance using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Z-f_ZhlrQBGE42YzvhgX2A
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with details of how to join the webinar live.
We will also be streaming the webinar on our Facebook page and on this website.
Key themes of discussion
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of ensuring that people have access to digital technologies and the internet. Access to social and medical services, home schooling and online shopping, but also the ability to work from home and to connect with friends and family, have all depended on individuals’ digital skills and access to the broader communications infrastructure.
Community resilience to the disruptive effects of a health crisis can be enhanced through technological innovation – but what does this mean for those who lack the skills, resources or confidence to embrace digitally-driven change?
We reflect on what society has learnt in recent months about the digital divide and its impact on society, and what policymakers, government and individuals can do to end digital exclusion. We explore particular challenges and obstacles around digital inclusion, which have been raised by the current pandemic.
To inform the discussion, we will be drawing upon our upcoming Digital Inclusion: Bridging Divides report which captures key themes and best-practice recommendations from conversations at our cross-sector, interdisciplinary conference that took place in November at Cumberland Lodge. Our draft report was reviewed and refined at an expert consultation we convened, virtually, in March 2020, during lockdown, with conference representatives and further specialists.
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