UK Councils Join Forces on Digital Divide Data

Fifteen local authorities in England have teamed up with an educational charity and management consultancy to better understand and address the digital divide.

The issue of digital inclusion has come to the fore for cities around the world during the pandemic as everything from working and studying to socialising moved online.

The ‘CCIN Policy Lab: Understanding the Digital Divide’ initiative is run through the Co-operative Councils Innovation Network (CCIN) where local authorities collaborate on shared challenges.

A statement from Sunderland City Council, which is part of the network, said: “By building a more robust data picture of who is experiencing digital exclusion, including insights into where they are, the barriers they face in accessing services and social contact online, and the interventions that would most effectively support them to become more digitally engaged, Sunderland City Council and a consortium of partners are paving the way to better understanding the digital divide and tackling digital poverty.”

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