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19th October, 2015 (11 Comments)

Charity Go ON UK has produced a new heatmap of Digital Exclusion across the United Kingdom, which contrasts the availability of broadband and digital skills with Internet usage in order to identify which Local Authorities are falling short. Unsurprisingly urban areas tend to do well, but there are some interesting twists.

14th October, 2014 (1 Comment)

High street retail giant Argos has joined forces with Go ON UK and ISP TalkTalk in order to make 10,000 free tablet computers and one year’s worth of free broadband connectivity available to those who take part in a workshop at one of over 120 participating stores, costing £20 per person (ah.. so it’s not completely free then).

9th July, 2014 (20 Comments)

BT claims that more than 99% of homes in the United Kingdom are within reach of a basic broadband connection and yet around 6.4 million people still aren’t online (ONS figures). This is important because their latest “independent study” claims that the social benefits of going online for the first time could be worth as much as £1,000+ per year.

14th April, 2014 (18 Comments)

If at first you don’t succeed. The Government has launched its new Digital Inclusion Charter, which marks the latest in a long list of attempts to get the 11 million adults in the United Kingdom, specifically those who “lack basic digital skills and capabilities“, to finally go online. As usual various ISPs, mobile operators and others have been roped in to join the holy war on refuseniks.

14th August, 2013 (0 Comments)

The incumbent East Yorkshire ISP, KC (Karoo / KCOM), has become the latest internet provider to put its support behind Microsoft and the Government’s Get Online@Home scheme, which offers cheap reconditioned computers from just £24 to those on benefits (e.g. jobless).

10th June, 2013 (19 Comments)

People who are out of work or currently taking one of the other qualifying state benefits (e.g. Housing Benefit) can now get a cheap computer from just £24 alongside broadband thanks to a new special offer from the Get Online @ Home scheme.

10th June, 2013 (7 Comments)

The Post Office has today launched its new GET CONNECTED to the Internet campaign, which aims to help the 16 million people in the United Kingdom who have either never used the internet or have limited skills and knowledge (the ONS puts this figure at just 7.1 million adults).

8th November, 2012 (0 Comments)

Charity Go ON UK (RaceOnline 2012) has estimated that 16 million people in the UK still don’t have the basic online skills needed to benefit fully from the internet. The economy (GDP) could, it claims, be £63 billion better off if the nation reversed this. The solution? A new Digital Skills Charter.

5th July, 2012 (0 Comments)

Go ON UK (formerly RaceOnline 2012) has today launched a new national campaign (Go ON Gold) that aims to help disabled people get online. Apparently 43% (4 Million) of disabled people in the UK have never surfed the internet, which equates to roughly half of the UK’s total offline population.

23rd May, 2012 (5 Comments)

The Go ON UK (RaceOnline 2012) initiative, which is headed up by the country’s Digital Champion, Martha Lane Fox, has joined forces with ISP TalkTalk and software giant Microsoft to offer a special refurbished computer (Windows 7 PC or Laptop) and broadband with phone bundle to low income adults and families from just £49.

23rd April, 2012 (1 Comment)

The UK’s Digital Champion and head of Race Online 2012, Martha Lane Fox, has today launched a “radical new cross-sector partnership” called Go On UK that aims to bring the benefits of the internet to “every individual, organisation and community” across the country. Sound familiar? It’s really just a replacement for RO2012 that formally ends today.

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