The past few weeks have been a time of beginning and ends at Good Things Foundation. Our census support work is drawing to a close, and last week we launched the Data Poverty Lab.
Data poverty is the inability to afford a sufficient, private and secure internet
connection to meet essential needs. We know that lack of access to good quality, affordable connectivity will hold many digitally excluded people back. Through the Data Poverty Lab we aim to work directly with people who experience data poverty to understand which solutions work best for their communities.
Thanks to many wonderful initiatives such as the BBC’s Make a Difference campaign, many more people have data-enabled devices. But without solutions for affordable data connectivity, these devices will languish in drawers and cupboards. People who have discovered the benefits of the internet during the pandemic will once again be excluded from engaging with digital.
If you’re a centre who supports people that struggle to access data and WiFi, and are interested in finding out more about data poverty and want to keep informed about developments in initiatives and research, please complete the short form linked below. We look forward to hearing from you.
Helen Milner OBE
Chief Executive - Good Things Foundation