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Martha Lane Fox encourages 8.2m offline adults to get online with Go ON UK


By John Glenday | Reporter

April 23, 2012 | 2 min read

Martha Lane Fox, the UKs digital champion, has today launched Go ON UK, a partnership between private industry, charities and telecoms providers to encourage the last remaining hold outs to embrace the internet.

The partnership includes Age UK, BBC, Big Lottery Fund (BIG), E.ON, Lloyds Banking Group, Post Office Limited and TalkTalk who have all pledged to boost the digital capabilities of small business4es, charities and the remaining 8.2m offline adults.

Fox said: “The UK leads the world in most indicators of digital capability: the internet contributes more to our GDP than to that of any other G20 county and is predicted to grow 11% a year to reach £221bn by 2016[1]. However, many individuals and organisations still struggle to exploit the broader benefits of technology, a problem that is particularly acute for our small businesses, older people and charities that are currently at risk of being left behind.

"Go ON UK has an exciting vision to make the UK the world's most digitally capable nation where no one - old or disadvantaged and no organisation - even the smallest - is left behind. This is a big challenge. But it is a challenge all of us in Go ON UK are wholly committed to, and given the combined strength of our extraordinary partners I'm confident we can deliver an outstanding national plan that will inspire real change".


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