Prime Minister backs web for all campaign


Prime Minister backs web for all campaign

Simon Quicke

The Prime Minister has backed calls to provide universal UK web access as part of a campaign that has been kicked off to get everyone of working age familiar with the internet.

The UK Digital Champion Martha Lane Fox is launching a manifesto for a networked nation at Downing Street today with the aim to get millions more people online in the next couple of years.

There are 10m people in this country who have never used the internet and the ambition is to get a decent proportion of that number online by the end of 2012.

David Cameron, who inherited the Digital Champion from the last government, said that he was backing the campaign to get more people online.

"In the Internet age, we need to ensure that people aren't being left behind as more and more services and business move online," he said.

Lane Fox said that businesses would benefit from having more potential customers online.

"Networked Nation is a rallying cry for the 40 million internet users in the UK to help 10 million people who have yet to enjoy the huge benefits of the web that the vast majority of us enjoy every day," she said.

"By getting more people online, everyone wins. Businesses are competing for more online customers," she added.

The expectation is that government, businesses and charities will back the manifesto and make a contribution in encouraging and showing the non-internet millions how to use services.

"As industry, the media and increasingly government, expand ever faster into digital-only services, the manifesto identifies the need for urgent action to stop some sections of society being left offline and excluded from many aspects of everyday life in the UK," Lane Fox added.


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