Digital inclusion and wellbeing in New Zealand

Funded by the Department of Internal Affairs, the report ‘Digital inclusion and wellbeing in New Zealand’ examined two main questions relating to internet (and other ICT) access:

  1. Which groups have a lower likelihood of being digitally included in New Zealand (and why)?
  2. How does digital inclusion relate to waiora/wellbeing?

Using four large-scale surveys, the researchers identified several groups whose members are prone to relatively low internet access:

  • people living in social housing;
  • disabled individuals;
  • Pasifika;
  • Māori;
  • people living in larger country towns (10,000-25,000 people);
  • older members of society (particularly those aged over 75 years);
  • unemployed people and those not actively seeking work.
  • Those in social housing and disabled people are particularly disadvantaged with respect to internet access.
  • Disabled people are also at greater risk than others from a virus infection or other internet interference.

The authors recommended that policy consideration be given to two particularly at-risk groups: social housing residents, and individuals with disabilities.

A range of policy interventions already addresses issues faced by each of these groups. There appears to be a strong case that interventions be extended to enabling internet access for these individuals.

Click on the link below to download and read the full report.

 

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