A new organisation to promote digital inclusion was announced today. The Digital Inclusion Alliance Aotearoa (DIAA) aims to help expand digital inclusion initiatives throughout New Zealand, so that everyone has a chance to participate in the digital world.
“Our goal is to help reduce the barriers that prevent people from participating in their communities using digital technologies,” says DIAA establishment Chair of the Alliance, Laurence Zwimpfer. “This includes people from different age groups, geographic regions, income levels, disability status and ethnicity.”
Zwimpfer is the National Operations & Development Manager of the 20/20 Trust, an organisation that has pioneered this approach by working with local community trusts, education providers, such as REAPs (Rural Education Activities Programmes), and public libraries. Given the Government’s commitment to digital inclusion, it makes sense to have a fully joined up approach in growing the digital capability of all our communities.
Annette Beattie is also a member of the establishment board. Annette has played a leading role both as a library manager and as chair of the PLNZ digital working group. Libraries are just one example, the Alliance sees many organisations delivering support services in local communities having a role to play. “As DIAA evolves we see the governance group being elected by Partners of the Alliance.” Zwimpfer said.