9 November 2020

10:30am-12:30pm

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About the event

Inequalities in digital skills and access have been a critical issue in recent years for sections of the population in job seeking and access to benefits.

In 2018 the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights warned that digital delivery of Universal Credit “has built a digital barrier that effectively obstructs many individuals’ access to their entitlements”.

In the UK, 11% of the population cannot turn on a digital device, and 13% cannot open up an app. Compared to the UK average, unemployed individuals are 64% more likely to lack adequate ‘Essential Digital Skills’ for life.

This webinar reflects on these issues in light of the Digital Brighton & Hove Employment Project, being carried out by Digital Brighton & Hove in association with the Digit research centre. The project involves the distribution of 12 tablets (digital resources) to vulnerable and disconnected members of the city to contribute to understanding how to create a more digitally confident city based on the accelerated experiences of limited digital connectivity during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2020, made possible thanks to funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), which is part of UK Research and Innovation.