With people around the world living in lockdown, being online and digitally connected has never felt more important. For people at risk of being digitally and socially excluded, there is a serious threat of isolation and enhanced vulnerability as a result of being unable to access information and essential online services.
A host of organisations have created online resources to help people stay safe, well, informed and connected.
Good Things Foundation has written about digital exclusion enhancing isolation and vulnerability during the pandemic, launched a fund to support community organisations, and created a suite of resources to guide people through getting reliable health advice and how video calling their GP can help prevent the virus from spreading.
We’ve pulled together a small collection of digital inclusion resources to help signpost people towards information and opportunities to learn new skills and inform their work. We’d like to make this concise resource library as useful as possible and we welcome suggestions for content. Contact the City Innovation Team.
However, we must also recognise the persistent digital divide – millions of households do not have access to a device or the internet. The DevicesDotNow campaign is asking businesses to donate tablets, smartphones and laptops, as well as connectivity in the form of sims, dongles and mobile hotspots. Find out more at DevicesDotNow and help to spread the word. In addition to this national campaign, we are working on plans to reinstate our own local computer reuse scheme in Bristol in 2020. Watch this space.