Digital Inclusion in New Zealand

Authors

  • Maggie Hartnett Massey University
  • Alison Fields Infosolutions

Keywords:

digital inclusion, digital divide, digital inclusion blueprint

Abstract

Digital inclusion—having what we need to participate in, contribute to, and succeed in the digital world—is becoming a priority for individuals, groups, and governments around the world. Not having the necessary motivation, access, skills, and trust to engage with all things digital can result in both individuals and groups being digitally excluded. In this Editorial we look at what is encompassed by digital inclusion, who is most likely to be excluded, and the New Zealand government’s recent publication of the Digital Inclusion Blueprint. Following this discussion, the papers included in this issue are introduced.

Author Biographies

Maggie Hartnett, Massey University

Maggie Hartnett is a senior lecturer in the Institute of Education at Massey University, New Zealand. She teaches in the areas of digital technologies and coordinates the postgraduate qualifications in digital technologies. She is also Associate Editor of the Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning

Alison Fields, Infosolutions

Alison is an information scientist and Director of Research at InfoSolutions. She conducts research in health information, and contracts in the education sector. She is a Fellow of the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) and has a Doctorate in Education. Her research areas encompass e-learning, online learner support, health information, library services, and continuing professional development. Alison is an executive member of FLANZ and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning.

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Published

2020-02-12